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7th Joint EC/OECD Workshop on recent developments in Business and Consumer Surveys, 30 November – 1 December 2015, Paris, France


On Monday November 30 and Tuesday December 1, at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, the European Commission (EC) and the OECD will host the 7th Joint EC/OECD Workshop on recent developments in Business and Consumer Surveys.  


Objective of Workshop

The objective of the joint EC- OECD workshop is to foster harmonisation and promote the use of Business and Consumer Opinion Surveys. It also provides a forum to exchange knowledge and discuss the current challenges and prospects in the field. The workshop coincides with the EC's annual meeting with partner institutes in the Joint Harmonised EU Programme of Business and Consumer Surveys (BCS).



Attendance to the workshop is restricted to invited delegates, and subject to registration.  Registration is closed.


Organisation of Workshop

The workshop will have three main sections:

  • Knowledge exchange on survey methodology implemented at national level
  • Harmonisation of surveys methodologies across countries
  • Applications of survey data

Special Focus in 2015

For this edition of the workshop, we will focus particularly on research related to the relationship between quantitative surveys (Hard Data) and qualitative surveys (Soft Data). Are sample designs comparable? Do hard and soft data provide consistent information on the business cycle? Should hard and soft data be combined when predicting the future evolution of the business cycle? These are some of the questions we would like to have addressed during the workshop.

The agenda and related documents can be found here (access to registered participants only)


Call for papers

We welcome theoretical and empirical papers related either to the main sections of the workshop or to the special focus.


The timetable for submitting abstracts/papers is as follows:

30 June 2015

Deadline for the abstract submission (Abstracts will have to include the title of the paper, the author(s) name and affiliation(s), detailed contact information for the corresponding author, the abstract main text (max. 300 words), and an indication of the workshop section you feel your paper is best placed in.)

17 July 2015 Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit a Final Manuscript
1 October 2015 Deadline for the submission of the Final Manuscript
18 November 2015

Deadline for submission of power point presentation

Submissions and communications with the organisers will be possible via this email: or



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