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Measuring African Development: Past and Present – Special Issue

In 2013 the chief economist for the World Bank’s Africa region, Shanta Devarajan, delivered a devastating assessment of the capacity of African states to measure development and declared  “Africa’s Statistical Tragedy”. Is there a “statistical tragedy” unfolding in Africa now?If … Continue reading

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A history of economic growth in Africa: why measurement matters

The GDP re-basing in Nigeria again brought measurement to the center of debates on African economic development, just like it happened when Ghana re-based their GDP in 2010. There has been more commentary in mainstream media this time around – … Continue reading

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What does Nigeria’s new GDP number actually mean?

Read my write up for African Arguments here.

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Nigeria publishes new GDP numbers = Nigeria biggest economy in Africa

So it is official. The new GDP number for Nigeria was released today. It is 80.3 trillion naira for 2013. That is according to NBS this afternoon. The old GDP number was 42.4 trillion naira. The increase is bigger than … Continue reading

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Two nice tweets on Nigerian GDP rebasing

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Nigeria Rebases GDP

The announcement is expected to be made on Sunday. It has been expected any day now for almost three years, so it is about time. As I documented in Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and … Continue reading

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Poor Numbers @ Ottawa University

I am invited to give a talk based on Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) at Ottawa at the Center for International Policy Studies. I … Continue reading

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Reflecting back, looking forwards: Interview with Democracy in Africa

Democracy in Africa asked me about developments in my field in the past year, and what I thought are the main challenges and exciting opportunities ahead. Read the interview here.

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The African Statistics Debate

As I posted a few weeks ago, I did attend the meetings at the Symposium for Statistical Development in Africa in Botswana last week. Magnus Taylor at African Arguments sums it up nicely. There were some productive exchanges, and then there … Continue reading

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The History of Poverty in Africa

At the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, Rhiannon Stephens is organizing what promises to be an excellent conference on the History of Poverty in Africa. Jane Guyer is giving a keynote on Thursday March 6, and then … Continue reading

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