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.










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


Joan van Heijster and Daniel DeRock, "How GDP traveled to China: the unpaved road to harmonization", presented at ISA Conference, San Francisco, 4-7 April 2018.

Lukas Linsi and Daniel Mügge, "Globalization and the Growing Defects of International Economic Statistics", December 2017.

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


Blogs, op-eds, etc.


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


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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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









Lectures and talks

(given by Daniel Mügge unless otherwise stated)


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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


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

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