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it seems that in Germany/Europe these statistics are much less manipulated than in the US
Actually that was one of the things I wanted to ask. Is the US the most egregious practicioner of this sort of numerical revisionism? And: Do harmonized indicators even exist among EU member-states (or even eurozone members), such that we know, say, the unemployment, under a common definition, in all member countries? I mean when the Belgian Economy Minister states that unemployment (or any indicator) in Belgium is X% and his Greek counterpart states that in Greece it is Y%, are X and Y necessarily directly, or pretty close to directly, comparable?

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by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Wed May 14th, 2008 at 09:04:08 AM EST
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