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, "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

Lukas Linsi, "The Shadow of Socialization: Narratives about the World Economy and the Intergenerational Divide in Mass Attitudes Towards Economic Globalization", January 2017.


Blogs, op-eds, etc.


40.3 million slaves? Four reasons to question the new Global Estimates of Modern Slavery - Daniel Mügge, OpenDemocracy, 17 October.

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


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


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.