Cornell Studies in Political Economy
Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It.
Oxford University Press
Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995
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.
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I am writing the first of a series of posts on Agriculture and Politics for the blog Democracy in Africa. I talk about some findings in a recent paper, and how it relates to the general political economy of statistics … Continue reading
I am attending the African Studies Association Meetings in Baltimore this weekend. Friday November 22, 5:30-6:00 PM, I am doing a ‘Meet the Author/Booksigning’ event for Poor Numbers in the main exhibitor hall. I am also co-chairing a panel with … Continue reading
That’s the title of a recent editorial in the Financial Times. The editorial recounts the recent data debates. Most importantly, the FT editorial highlights how important it is to debate data openly and freely and this is in African countries’ … Continue reading
The coverage of the debate on African statistics continues, most recently in the Globe and Mail. I am also pleased to see that it is not only politics and media that gets stirred by the book. Recently, Poor Numbers, got coverage … Continue reading
Did you know that November 18 was African Statistics Day? Jason Braganza of Development Initiatives with his view of what he thinks is required for meet the objective of “Quality Data to support African Progress.“
In Poor Numbers I suggested that many African economies are not growing as fast as the official statistics will have us think, and that we know too little to judge what is happening actually to living standards and poverty in … Continue reading
I was asked by H-net Diplo to review Coyne’s book. Doing Bad by Doing Good is the title. Coyne takes his inspiration from Mandeville and the fable of the bees. If you know the fable you already know how Coyne’s book … Continue reading
There has been talk of a data-revolution. We are not quite sure what it would look like yet. Here are my ‘five fundamental propositions‘ for a data revolution in development. 1. We need to focus on data supply, not only … Continue reading
I have given many talks this year, but I am the most proud to have been asked to give the first annual public lecture at the African Studies Center in Leiden. It takes place on 7 November 2013, 18.30 – … Continue reading
The African Economic History Network, founded in 2011, just published its 10th Bimonthly Newsletter – summarizing new research and opportunities in African Economic History. The first African Economic History Working paper sets out the aims and objectives of the network, … Continue reading