Author Archives: Mjerven

Africa and Economics. What’s the problem?

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

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“Does economics have an Africa problem?” – A rejoinder

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

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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

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Podcast: How poor numbers undermine the fight against poverty

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

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Just Published: Measuring African Development: Past and Present

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

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IMF and Ebola: why we don’t have any good answers

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

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Writing about a data revolution: A critique in four venn diagrams

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

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Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong

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

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How much will the Data Revolution cost?

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

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Africa by numbers: Keynote at Nordic Africa Days 2014

The Nordic Africa Days 2014 took place 26-27 September 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden. I gave the keynote lecture.

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