NTTS 2019 satellite events

11 March 2019, Satellite Event: Big Data Hackathon presentations, Room MANS, Charlemagne Building, Brussels

The European Big Data Hackathon is an event organised by the European Commission (Eurostat ) which gathers teams from all over Europe to compete for the best data product combining official statistics and big data to support policy makers in one pressing policy question or statistical challenge facing Europe. More info here.

For NTTS participants it is possible to participate in the presentation of the results of the Hackathon 2019 event on Monday 11 March, ​one day prior to the NTTS 2019 main conference.


15 March 2019,  9:30-17:00 Satellite Event: Measuring the digital economy – conceptual and statistical challenges, Albert Borschette Congress Center, Brussels 


Christoph Maier (European Commission - DG ECFIN ), John Verrinder (Eurostat ), Andreas Dollt (Eurostat ), Marianne Paasi (TU Berlin, Chair of innovation economics)

The objective of this NTTS satellite event is to look deeper into the various challenges of measuring GDP and productivity in an ever more digitalised economy. It will discuss if current macroeconomic statistics are still adequate in picking up the effects brought about by investment in digital tools, the consumption of free digital services, new forms of transacting in goods and services (B2B and B2C), and other phenomena associated with the digital economy.

Amongst the topics to be covered:

  • Conceptual and statistical challenges of measuring the digital economy
  • Capturing digitalization in the national accounts – practical examples
  • Digitalisation indicators in official statistics - Business statistics perspective
  • Measuring digital platforms in national accounts
  • Macroeconomic Effects of Robotisation and Artificial Intelligence
  • Measuring the digital economy and explaining the productivity puzzle

Full programme to follow


15 March 2019,  9:30-13:00 Satellite Event: MAKSWELL:Main findings and looking forward ,  Room JENK, Charlemagne Building 


Fabio Bacchini (ISTAT , Italy) and Monica Pratesi (Univeristy of Pisa, Italy) 

MAKing Sustainable development and WELL-being frameworks work for policy analysis (MAKSWELL) is a project financed in H2020. MAKSWELL aims to extend and harmonize indicators able to capture the main characteristics of the ‘Beyond GDP’ approach proposing a new framework that includes them in the evaluation of the public policies.

At the same time MAKSWELL improves the existing well-being and sustainable indicators by using new data collection tools and modern statistical methods to have timely and accurate data and by combining new data sources (big data) with traditional ones especially where there are data gaps. The production of local estimates of poverty and living conditions are an example of these objectives. At a macro level the project provides a framework that include specific measures for well-being in the traditional macro econometric models. The project explores also the relationship among well-being and sustainable indicators with policy evaluation.

Scope of the satellite event is to disseminate the research results of the project, encouraging the floor discussion on them, sharing the research experiences and promoting interactive discussions with invited keynote speakers. 

The discussion will be on the research results on monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals, their indicators at regional level using non-traditional data sources and nowcasting.

Other particular issues will be tackled by specific paper presentation of Makswell members.

Participants will be invited to discuss the experiments done by the partners, challenges and opportunities of new sources, frameworks and methods for official statistics that aim to provide innovative policy support frameworks in "Beyond GDP " perspective.

Full programme to follow