Deputy Chief Financial Officer & Chief Economist
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Government of the District of Columbia
“A DC Coincident Index in the Age of Big Data”
Dr. Fitzroy Lee was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Economist for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) in October 2009. Prior to becoming the Chief Economist, Dr. Lee was the Director of Revenue Estimation. He previously worked for the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he co-authored a paper on the efficacy of user fees for funding the meat inspection program. Prior to the USDA, he was also an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Lee has published papers on revenue forecasting and tax policy in nationally recognized academic journals, and he is a member of the board of directors of the National Tax Association. Dr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics and Computer Science from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica). He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Dr. Lee will discuss his work regarding the construction of a coincident index for the District of Columbia. The paper evaluates alternative methodologies for the construction of the index, with special attention to “Big Data” issues. Some of these issues include the availability of a huge number of economic series, mixed frequency data sets (also known as “jagged edged” data), and real-time data.
The lunch is 12:00 noon to 1:30pm at Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW Washington, DC. Metro stop: Gallery Place. The cost is $16 Members, $16 Affiliated, $25 Non Members . This luncheon is a joint event with the NEC.
To register for the lunch with Fitzroy Lee on Thursday, January 15th, 2014, please go to The National Economists Club and use the code “AFFILIATED”.