Economic models are like a lot of things in life: What you get out of them depends on what you put in. But therein lies the problem. When reporting focuses on the 'findings' without looking at what assumptions underpin politically influential economic models, it leaves us vulnerable to what Richard calls the 'peak-stupid of econobabble'.
Produced by Jennifer Macey - @jennifermacey
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