Author Archives: Mjerven

Ruling the world by numbers: knowledge and politics in international development

TweetI am teaching a new course next spring – I call it ‘Ruling the world by numbers’. The subtitle is ‘Knowledge and politics in international development’. Here’s the syllabus. The idea is that I will be writing a book on … Continue reading

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Discussing ‘Poor Numbers’ with Bill Easterly

Tweet You can follow the facebook chat here. The chat formally launches the paper: ‘Development By Numbers: A primer‘ (short version here) and we will of course also touch upon issues discussed in my books on the subject. See you … Continue reading

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How the IMF does (or doesn’t) check the quality of statistics from low income countries

TweetDo you want to know how the IMF collects statistics from Low Income Countries? Do you wonder what kind of quality checks there are, and what rules determine what data gets published and what does not? Well, so did the … Continue reading

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Public Talk: Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong @GrinnellCollege March 2, 4 pm ARH 302

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Want a fully funded PhD and work with me @Noragric & @UniNMBU on the politics of numbers?

TweetInternational Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences is calling for applications for PhD positions. The positions are fully funded, and are enumerated as full time job according to Norwegian regulations. Full details of all … Continue reading

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Book talk in Cambridge, Wednesday, 27 Jan. 3pm

TweetIn Cambridge? You are in luck. I will be giving a talk at the Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism. I am really looking forward to it. Free to attend.

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Podcast: how economists have misunderstood economic growth in African countries

TweetOn Sunday 13 December I was speaking about my book at the CBC Sunday Edition. Listen to the recording here. A few weeks back I was on the Economic Rockstar Podcast – listen to the episode here.    

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African Studies Meetings in San Diego 19-22 Nov 2015

TweetI am really looking forward to the annual African Studies meetings in San Diego. (The preliminary program is here: The State and the Study of Africa, November 19-22, 2015. San Diego, California). I will be giving two papers. I give … Continue reading

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Power of indicators: an emerging literature

TweetThere is a rise of indicators. The so called data revolution is finding its feet, so I  do not expect it to let up anytime soon.  The Economist provided one overview in their report on ‘How to lie with indices‘. … Continue reading

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Book Talk: Africa – Why Economists Get it Wrong @SAISAfrica OCT 7, 5PM

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