Over the past years, surveys have gained importance to supplement information from “hard” economic data on various aspects of the economy, and to provide timely insights on the impact from sudden and unexpected developments, such as COVID-19, the energy crisis and the sudden sharp increase in inflation. Surveys cover a broad range of economic actors and sectors, such as households, firms, financial institutions and economic and financial forecasters. Central banks, policy institutions and academia are using insights from such surveys increasingly to inform their appraisal of the state and outlook of the economy as well as possible risks, to study the distributional effects of policies and to inform policy decisions. That said, existing surveys also have many limitations and caveats, and survey methods and research are currently developing very rapidly, given a changing economic environment, with new pressing policy and research questions emerging at a rapid pace. Call fpr Papers (pdf)
Scientific committee: David Loschiavo and Concetta Rondinelli (Banca d’Italia, local organizers), Ernest Gnan (SUERF), Geoff Kenny and Dimitris Georgarakos (ECB), Matteo Gatti and Peter Harasztosi (EIB).