About Me

Morten Jerven Photo

Morten Jerven

Associate Professor,
Simon Fraser University

Education

B.Sc. (Budapest), M.Sc., Ph.D. (LSE)

Areas of Interest

  • Africa
  • Economic History
  • Economic Growth and Development
I have published widely on African economic development, and particularly on patterns of economic growth and on economic development statistics. My books are based on research in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana. I am an economic historian, with a PhD from the London School of Economics. Since 2009 have been working at the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.My 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, I visited Ghana and Nigeria and in the fall of the same year, I went to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. There I followed up on my doctoral research and conducted interviews at the statistical offices.In 2013 I published my  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.My latest book, Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995

I currently work on linking studies 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: ‘African states and development: a historical perspective on state legitimacy and development capacity, 1890-2010’ and it is supported by a SSHRC Standard grant.

Courses Taught

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)