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Fickle Formulas. The Political Economy of Macroeconomic Measurement

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Project "FICKLEFORMS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙499˙875 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙875 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙499˙875.00


 Project objective

Macroeconomic indicators are integral to economic governance. Measurements of growth, unemployment, inflation and public deficits inform policy, for example through growth targets and the inflation-indexation of wages. These indicators tell us “how economies are doing” and citizens often punish politicians who fail to deliver on them. Their air of objectivity notwithstanding, it is far from self-evident how these indicators should be defined and measured. Our choices here have deeply distributional consequences, producing winners and losers, and will shape our future, for example when GDP figures hide the cost of environmental degradation. So why do we measure our economies the way we do? Criticisms of particular measures are hardly new but their real-world effect has been limited. The project therefore asks: which social, political and economic factors shape the formulas used to calculate macroeconomic indicators? Extant research offers detailed histories of statistics, mostly in single countries. But we lack theoretical and empirical tools to describe and explain differences in measurement formulas between countries and over time. FICKLEFORMS will provide such understanding through five sub-projects. The first systematically compares the evolution of four indicators in four central OECD countries: the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Germany. The second analyses the timing and content of statistical harmonization efforts through the United Nations, the IMF and the World Bank. The third constructs a new database of “measures of measures” to quantitatively test hypotheses emerging from the previous sub-projects. The final two sub-projects reach beyond the OECD and study the politics of macroeconomic measurement in China, India, Brazil and South Africa. This project will promote public debate over meaningful measures, allow policy-makers to reflect on current practices, and sensitize academics who use macroeconomic data about their political roots.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Daniel Mügge
Duurzaamheid ís economische groei
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Follow the Money 2019-05-29
2018 Lukas Linsi
Problems and pitfalls in the statistical measurement of foreign direct investments
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The Language of World Trade Politics: Unpacking the Terms of Trade 2019-05-29
2015 Daniel Mügge
Studying macroeconomic indicators as powerful ideas
published pages: 410-427, ISSN: 1350-1763, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1115537
Journal of European Public Policy 23/3 2019-05-29
2016 Lukas Linsi
Less compelling than it seems: rethinking the relationship between aggregate FDI inflows and national competitiveness
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Columbia FDI Perspectives 184 2019-05-29
2016 Daniel Mügge
Hoe de politiek zich steeds meer achter cijfers verschuilt
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Follow the Money 2019-05-29
2018 Daniel DeRock
The Dangerous Depoliticization of Economic Numbers
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The Policy Corner 2019-05-29
2016 Daniel Mügge
Hoezo is groei nog steeds basis voor beleid en niet welzijn of geluk?
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Follow the Money 2019-05-29
2016 Daniel Mügge
De buitenwacht: Weet wat je meet
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MeJudice 2019-05-29
2016 Daniel Mügge
The Unsharing Economy
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Follow the Money 2019-05-29
2017 Daniel Mügge and Lukas Linsi
Trump uses bad trade statistics. But there’s a bigger problem.
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Monkey Cage 2019-05-29
2017 Daniel Mügge
40.3 million slaves? Four reasons to question the new Global Estimates of Modern Slavery
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BTS Policy Brief 1 2019-05-29
2017 Daniel Mügge
Inderdaad, Nederland moet niet alleen vooruitgaan in de statistieken
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De Correspondent 2019-05-29
2016 Daniel Mügge
The collateral damage of performance metrics
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Duck of Minerva 2019-05-29

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