Author Archives: Mjerven

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, troche November 19-22, hospital 2015. San Diego, pill California). I will be giving two … 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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Book Talk: Africa – Why Economists Get it Wrong @TheNewSchool OCT 9 2:30 PM

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Book talk: Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong #LSE Friday 18 Sep, 6 PM

Tweet The event is free to attend, and there will be refreshments. There will also be copies of the books for sale. I will also discuss isues covered in my book on Wednesday 23 September at 1pm at the Overseas Development Institute.  The event is … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Africa. Why Economists Get It Wrong

TweetThe response to my book has been an overwhelmingly positive. I always knew it would divide opinion. Alex De Waal did perhaps provide the most encouraging and ringing support with a review titled “Liberating African Economic History from the Tyranny … Continue reading

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Why did economists spend two decades explaining something that never happened ?

TweetFor the past two decades, mainstream economists who study African economic growth have been trying to explain something that never happened. Economists have focused almost exclusively on one question: Why has economic growth failed in Africa? You can read the … Continue reading

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Book Launch: Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong

TweetOn June 4 at 6 pm I will present my latest book at SOAS in London, salve UK. The title is Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong. In four chapters I deliver a critique of how mainstream macroeconomic literature has … Continue reading

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A reading list for the data revolution

TweetIf you have sat through more than two conferences and workshops on the post-2015 development agenda or the Sustainable Development Goals (or tracked #SDGs or #data2015 on Twitter) you will be aware that there is a certain repetition of ideas. … Continue reading

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