Cornell Studies in Political Economy
Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It.
Oxford University Press
Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995
Simon Fraser University
B.Sc. (Budapest), M.Sc., Ph.D. (LSE)
Morten Jerven has published widely on African economic development, and particularly on the patterns of economic growth and on economic development statistics. His recent book is based on research in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana.
Morten Jerven is an economic historian, with a PhD from the London School of Economics, and has since 2009 been working at the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
Monthly Archives: January 2013
The Economist writes about statistics in Africa based on an interview with Morten Jerven. Read the story here.
FOREIGN POLICY article – January 28, 2013. “We Have No Idea if Africa Is Rising” Recent FP contributors have said that Africa is and is not rising. They’re both wrong because they don’t have the numbers to back it up. … Continue reading
Morten Jerven, author of Poor Numbers, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the quality of data coming out of Africa on income, growth, and population. Jerven argues that the inconsistency of the numbers and methodology both across countries and … Continue reading