Author Archives: Mjerven

The renaissance of African economic history

That is the promising title of the introduction to a special issue by Gareth Austin and Steven Broadberry soon to be published by Economic History Review.  The special issue will be launched at the LSE  25-26 October at the African … Continue reading

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Overcoming Obstacles to Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa

I am invited to offer my comments by Aubrey Hubry who argues: that inadequate infrastructure, lack of market data, and poor policy implementation impede investment in Africa, despite growing opportunities to do so profitably The event takes place at the … Continue reading

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Towards a History of Economic Growth in Africa

From the OUP blog, the summary of the key findings of my latest book: The book offers a reconsideration of economic growth in Africa in three respects. First, it shows that the focus has been on average economic growth and … Continue reading

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Without a statistical revolution, Africa’s renaissance is built on shaky ground

That is the title of a summary of the debates on the current African growth data written up by Ian Fraser. He is a financial journalist and the author of Shredded: Inside RBS: The Bank that Broke Britain- read the … Continue reading

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Missing and old MDG data

There is some good news, and there is some bad news. The bad news is that the MDG report is based on old and missing data. The good news is that Keiko Osaki-Tomita, chief of the demographic and social statistics … Continue reading

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Why measurement matters?

Oxford University Press posted a blog about my latest book – Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995 – read the post here.

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What if everything we know about poor countries’ economies is totally wrong?

The results of a phone interview with Dylan Matthews at VOX. Read the full interview here.

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Whose numbers?

That’s the title of an article written by Adewale Maja-Pearce. He takes stock of the debate on Poor Numbers (between me and some representatives from some statistical offices) – and relates it to the problems of counting people in Nigeria … Continue reading

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Five reasons why African growth is slower than the data tell you

One of the things my  book Poor Numbers suggested, was that the rise of Africa might not be as impressive as the data tells you. The African Development Bank responded by saying there was nothing to worry about: the rise … Continue reading

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Are Development Statistics Manipulable ?

That is the question we explore in a new paper I have written with Andrew Kerner and Alison Beatty. Both political scientist at University of Michigan.  Most of you would know that there is a GDP per capita threshold that … Continue reading

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