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.
- Africa and Economics. What’s the problem?
- “Does economics have an Africa problem?” – A rejoinder
- Public talk in Bordeaux 19 FEB 6 PM: Derrière “l’émergence de l’Afrique”. La croissance, une fiction statistique ?
- Podcast: How poor numbers undermine the fight against poverty
- Just Published: Measuring African Development: Past and Present
Author Archives: Mjerven
Sensitivity to local conditions? Check. World Bank Kenya got it covered. Right on cue, the World Bank makes a contribution to the debate on whether Economics has an Africa problem (here and here). Several WBG Executive Directors are visiting Kenya … Continue reading
Does Economics have an Africa problem? Yes, says Griewe Chelwa in a post for the blog Africa is a Country. Chelwa points out that the most important conferences on African economic development routinely are organized outside of Africa. He also … Continue reading
Public talk in Bordeaux 19 FEB 6 PM: Derrière “l’émergence de l’Afrique”. La croissance, une fiction statistique ?
I am a visiting scholar at “Les Afriques dans le monde” at Sciences Po Bordeaux in the spring term 2015. This event is public and free, it is organized by Vincent Bonnecasse – who contributed a chapter in my recent … Continue reading
It is two years since Poor Numbers was published, and I had a nice conversation with Tom Paulson and Gabe Spitzer at Humanosphere. You can listen to the podcast here. We talked about the importance of getting good evidence, but … Continue reading
Very happy to the see Measuring African Development: Past and Present in print. You can read an open access of the introduction to the book here. The volume takes you through the very first household budget surveys and national account … Continue reading
The debate on whether IMF has any blame for Ebola has been frustrating, even infuriating. It is going to continue to be frustrating largely because: “Who is to blame for Ebola?” is really not a good question. In turn, we … Continue reading
The UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG) have completed their report. “A world that counts” is a cleverly crafted motivational manifest. But it is not a practical roadmap on how to apply … Continue reading
My latest book is available for pre-order: For the first time in generations, Africa is spoken of these days with enthusiastic hope: no longer seen as a hopeless morass of poverty, the continent instead is described as “Africa Rising,” a … Continue reading
What used to be 8 Millennium Development Goals are now 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The list of targets has ballooned from 18 to 169. The final list of indicators has not yet been determined. My estimate suggest that just the … Continue reading
The Nordic Africa Days 2014 took place 26-27 September 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden. I gave the keynote lecture.