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The Fuzzy Numbers Behind Initial Job Claims

Goverment statistics delude us once again
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 11:45 AM

“Fuzzy Numbers” is one of the most popular video chapters within The Crash Course. It explains many of the ways that government statisticians routinely distort economic truth, making things seem rosier than they are. » Read more



Fuzzy Numbers - Crash Course Chapter 18

How we're deluding ourselves with bad data
Friday, October 17, 2014, 9:58 PM

What if it turned out that our individual, corporate and government decision-making was based on misleading, if not provably false, data?

As we detail in this latest chapter of the Crash Course series, that's exactly the case today with the key indicators (inflation, GDP, employment, deficits, etc) our central planners are using to guide the future of the global economy. » Read more


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In this Crash Course video chapter called Fuzzy Numbers, you will learn how our official economic statistics are based on deeply misleading, if not provably false, data. Our economic recession, and possibly depression, can be partially explained by the extent to which we have chosen to provide ourselves with misleading economic data. Certainly if you share my concerns over stocks, bonds, and 401K holdings, or are a serious investor of any sort, you owe it to yourself to listen to this explanation of how wrong our measures of inflation and GDP really are.

In Fuzzy Numbers, we will examine the ways that our measures of inflation and Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, are flawed, using charts of inflation and GDP as well as other easy-to-understand graphics. This chapter will help you understand inflation and GDP and how our national obsession with misrepresenting them to ourselves has led us to the edge of a recession and possibly depression.