Category Archives: Economic Growth

Book Talk: Africa – Why Economists Get it Wrong @TheNewSchool OCT 9 2:30 PM

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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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The renaissance of African economic history

TweetThat is the promising title of the introduction to a special issue by Gareth Austin and Steven Broadberry soon to be published by Economic History Review.  The special issue will be launched at the LSE  25-26 October at the African … Continue reading

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Five reasons why African growth is slower than the data tell you

TweetOne of the things my  book Poor Numbers suggested, tadalafil was that the rise of Africa might not be as impressive as the data tells you. The African Development Bank responded by saying there was nothing to worry about: the … Continue reading

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“Nigeria is not a poor country”

Tweet“Nigeria is not a poor country”, cialis President Goodluck Jonathan declared earlier this month in response to a World Bank report which listed Nigeria among the five poorest countries in the world. The claim is wrong and misleading says Taiwo … Continue reading

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Towards a new history of economic growth in Africa

TweetIs it only me who thinks it is a bit strange that the most  read book on African economic growth, prostate the Bottom Billion, and focuses on explaining why African economies are stuck in chronic failure of growth – while … Continue reading

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History of Capitalism and Economic Growth in Africa

TweetI read that Chris Blattman does not recommend young academics to write book chapters. That might be good advice for some, pill but a piece of advice that I happily ignore. Particularly if you are invited to take part in … Continue reading

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A history of economic growth in Africa: why measurement matters

TweetThe 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?

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