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.


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

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

Chair: John Verrinder – Eurostat, acting Director for macro-economic statistics

The objective of this NTTS satellite event was 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 that were 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

Session 1
09:30 - 10:00

Opening session
Mary Veronica Tovšak Pleterski (European Commission, DG ECFIN, Director for Investment, growth and structural reforms),
John Verrinder (Eurostat, acting Director for macro-economic statistics)
Session 2
10:00 - 10:30
Conceptual and statistical challenges of measuring the digital economy
Nadim Ahmad (OECD)

10:30 - 11:00

coffee break
Session 3
11:00 - 11:30
The impact of digitalisation on growth and productivity – a UK perspective
Rebecca Riley (Director, UK Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence)

Session 4

11:30 – 12:00

The digital economy from a Finnish perspective
Heli Koski (Aalto University and ETLA Institute, Helsinki)

12:00 - 13:15

lunch break
Session 5
13:15 - 13:45
Measuring and treatment of digital platforms in National Accounts
- Concrete example: Measuring Airbnb in the NL

Leo Hiemstra (CBS - Statistics Netherlands)

Session 6

13:45 - 14:15

Digitalisation - a business statistics perspective
Carsten Olsson (Eurostat, Head of Unit for European Business statistics)

Session 7

14:15 – 14:45

Mapping digitalisation: The Digital Economy and Society Index
Balazs Zorenyi (European Commission, DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology)
14:45 – 15:15 coffee break

Session 8

15:15 - 15:45

Growth, Inequality, and Redistribution in the Age of Automation
Phillipp Pfeiffer (DG ECFIN)

Panel                   15:45 - 16:30

Panel discussion
Measuring the digital economy: where should we improve and how do we prepare for the future 
Moderator: John Verrinder (Eurostat)
Panel members:
Nadim Ahmad (OECD),
Fabrizia Benini (DG CNECT),
Rebecca Riley (UK Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence),
Werner Röger (DG ECFIN)

Session 9

16:30 - 16:45

Closing session
John Verrinder (Eurostat)


The downloadable agenda can be found here


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

Organisers: 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 was 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 was focused 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 were tackled by specific paper presentation of Makswell members.

Participants were 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.


09.00 - 09.10 - Welcome and opening address (President of Istat)
09.10 - 09.15 - Introduction to the MAKSWELL project (M. Gandolfo, Istat)
09.15 - 09.30 - Frameworks on well-being and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at national and international level for policy making (WP1 – A. Tinto, Istat)
09.30 - 09.45  -Non-traditional data sources for measuring sustainable development goal indicators (WP2) 
09.45 - 10.00 - Regional poverty measurements (WP3 – F. Ertz – University of Trier)
10.00 - 10.15 - Potentiality and challenges of nowcasting (WP4)
10.15 - 10.45 - National experiences from the project
Coffee break
New sources, frameworks and methods for official statistics (Chair M. Pratesi, University of Pisa)
11.05 - 11.25 - Beyond GDP: key conclusion of the High Level Export Group (M. Mira d’Ercole, Oecd)
11.25 - 11.45 - New methods for enriching official statistics on distributions and inequality (A. Leulescu, Eurostat)
The challenges for statistics and policies (Chair F. Bacchini, Istat)
11:45 – 12:15 - Round table: Suggestions for the project 
Moderator B. Chaudhuri (DG RTD, EC)
F. Maggino (Sapienza  University of Rome / Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers); G. Umbach (Globastat, EUI); M.Karlberg (Eurostat, EC)
12:15 – 12:45 - The importance of well-being for policies (L. Fioramonti, Deputy Minister for University and Research, Italy)
12:45 – 13:00 – Closing and farewell (F. Bacchini, Istat)


More info: https://www.makswell.eu/news/191-makswell-as-satellite-event-at-ntts-2019.html