B.Sc. (Budapest), M.Sc., Ph.D. (LSE)
Areas of Interest
|Research and Teaching
Morten Jerven has published widely on African economic development, and particularly on 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.
His doctoral research involved in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia and his work on the post-colonial economic performance of these countries has been published in a range of journal papers. The work is particularly innovative in investigating the construction of African growth data and showing how data quality issues are critical for the evaluation of economic performance.
In Spring 2010, Morten visited Ghana and Nigeria and in the fall of the same year, he went to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. There he followed up on his doctoral research and conducted interviews at the statistical offices.
He just finished his first book Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It, which is published by Cornell University Press.
Morten is currently working on linking the work on post-colonial economic development with the economic history of colonial Africa. The research projects is focusing on the African growth data where the two related aims are to assess its quality and to construct a reliable basis to evaluate and interpret long term economic change in African economies. The project is called: ‘Measuring African Progress: Validity and Reliability of African Statistics and the Study of African Long Term Development’ and it is supported by a SSHRC 3-year grant.
IS 101, IS 410, IS 324, IS 801, IS 450, IS 802, IS 809, IS 800, IS 220
Grants and Awards
- 2010-2013: Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant, ‘Measuring African Progress: Validity and Reliability of African Statistics and the Study of African Long Term Development’
- 2009-10 Endowed Research Fellowship (SFU)