Sharing the results of our research

The FickleFormulas project is fueled by the curiosity of its team. We want to share the results of our research as widely as possible – through academic publications, but also through blogs and other channels. Here is an overview of our output so far. 


Daniel Mügge, "International economic statistics. Biased arbiters in global affairs?", Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, January 2019.

Lukas Linsi and Daniel Mügge, "Globalization and the Growing Defects of International Economic Statistics", Review of International Political Economy, January 2019.  

Lukas Linsi, “Problems and pitfalls in the statistical measurement of foreign direct investments”, Pre-print version of chapter 4, “Foreign Direct Investments”, in: Dingwerth, Klaus and Clara Weinhardt (editors), The Language of World Trade Politics: Unpacking the Terms of Trade. London, Routledge (forthcoming, 2018).

Daniel Mügge, "40.3 million slaves? Four reasons to question the new Global Estimates of Modern Slavery", BTS Policy Brief 2017, 1. London: openDemocracy, 17 October.

Lukas Linsi, "Less compelling than it seems: rethinking the relationship between aggregate FDI inflows and national competitiveness", Columbia FDI Perspectives 2016, 184.

Daniel Mügge, "Studying Macroeconomic Indicators as Powerful Ideas", Journal of European Public Policy 2016, 23(3): 410-427.  

Working papers  

Jessica de Vlieger and Daniel Mügge, "Fuzzy debt. Why it is impossible to specify what governments owe", November 2018.

Lukas Linsi, "The Shadow of Socialization: Economic Narratives and the Intergenerational Divide in Attitudes Towards Foreign Takeovers", November 2017. 

Blogs, op-eds, etc.  

Unpaid Work and the Governance of GDP Measurement - Daniel DeRock, E-International Relations, 11 January 2019.

Forty Years of Constructing Development: How China Adopted GDP Measurement - Joan van Heijster, E-International Relations, 21 December 2018

De economische statistiek wordt van binnenuit aangevreten - Daniel Mügge, FollowTheMoney, 18 September 2018.

The Dangerous Depoliticization of Economic Numbers - Daniel DeRock, Policy Corner, 26 February 2018 

Inderdaad, Nederland moet niet alleen vooruitgaan in de statistieken - Daniel Mügge, De Correspondent, 11 October 2017.

Duurzaamheid ís economische groei. - Daniel Mügge, FollowTheMoney, 1 June 2017.

Trump uses bad trade statistics. But there’s a bigger problem. - Daniel Mügge and Lukas Linsi, Monkey Cage, Washington Post, 9 March 2017.

Economic accounting - Daniel Mügge with Peter Newell and Shirin Rai; 2017 Warwick Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) Debate, 9 March 2017.

De buitenwacht: Weet wat je meet - D.K. Mügge, MeJudice, 1 November 2016.

Brexit, een maand later - D.K. Mügge, StukRoodVlees, 23 July 2016.

Hoe de politiek zich steeds meer achter       cijfers verschuilt - D.K. Mügge, FollowTheMoney, 20 April 2016.

Is controlled disintegration the answer? - D.K. Mügge, The Broker, 16 February 2016.

Hoezo is groei nog steeds basis voor beleid en niet welzijn of geluk? - D.K. Mügge, FollowTheMoney, 8 February 2016.

How Twitter and technocracy undermine collective solutions - D.K. Mügge, FollowTheMoney, 18 November 2015.

The Unsharing Economy - D.K. Mügge, FollowTheMoney, 14 August 2015.

The collateral damage of performance metrics - D.K. Mügge, Duck of Minerva, 12 August 2015.

Lectures and talks  

(given by Daniel Mügge unless otherwise stated)

Daniel DeRock. Public Skepticism about Official Statistics: A view from political science. United Nations Statistics Division, 8 January 2019.

Models and their limits. How defective data skews our view of the economy. Lecture held at the European Parliament Post-Growth Conference 2018, Brussels, 18 September 2018.

Quantitative Quicksands: The Feeble Foundations of Empirical Economics, Rethinking Economics Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands, 19 May 2018.

Take a Look in the Mirror: Accounting for Measurement Errors in Trade Statistics, lecture by Lukas Linsi, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 17 April 2018.

Dilemma’s van de Economische Statistiek in de 21e eeuw, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, [Statistics Netherlands], Leidschendam, 1 February 2018.

Die Politische Ökonomie der Wirtschaftsstatistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg Germany, 22 November 2017.

Harmonized Inaccuracy: International Economic Statistics in the Age of Globalization (with Lukas Linsi), Cornell University, Ithaca NY USA, 16 November 2017.

Harmonized Inaccuracy: International Economic Statistics in the Age of Globalization (with Lukas Linsi), Georgetown University, Washington DC USA, 14 November 2017.

The Political Underbelly of Economic Statistics, Leiden University, 21 September 2017.

The Political Underbelly of Economic Statistics, inaugural lecture, University of Amsterdam, 16 June 2017.

What counts: the politics of economic accounting, Annual Warwick IPE debate, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, invited speaker, 9 March 2017.

Politicoloog Daniel Mügge over het groeiende wantrouwen in cijfers, Brainwash Radio, NPO Radio 1, 28 November 2016.

De wraak van de spreadsheet, Public talk at Brainwash Festival, Amsterdam, 15 October 2016.

The Invisible Hand of the Indicator, Opening lecture of acacemic year for Political Economy Research Group, Central European University, Budapest, 10 October 2016.

The Invention of Our Economy, Rethinking Economics, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15 June 2016.

‘What’s in a price? The political economy of inflation measurement in Europe’, Cambridge University, Cambridge, 4 March 2016.

‘The political economy of measuring inflation’, CIS seminar, Zürich University, Zürich, Switzerland, 26 November 2015.

‘Towards a Political Economy of Macroeconomic Indicators’, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, 8 April 2015.

‘European Economic Recovery between Growth Critique and Growth Imperative’, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 26 March 2015.

‘Fickle Formulas. Towards a Political Economy of Macroeconomic Indicators’, Brown University, Providence, USA, 5 February 2015.

‘The Power of Macroeconomic Indicators’, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Canada, 27 October 2014.

‘Why we measure the economy the way we do’, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA, 1 October.