Category Archives: National Accounts

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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Recalculating Kenya’s GDP

TweetNic Cheeseman writes about the new GDP numbers in Kenya. They are not ready yet, viagra and the jump in GDP will not be as big as they were in Nigeria or Ghana. As in Nigeria and Ghana the new … Continue reading

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Interview with Jeune Afrique

TweetI talk about why I think the emphasis  (taken by some journalists) on ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ can distract us from simple but real knowledge problem. Read it here.

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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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Nigeria publishes new GDP numbers = Nigeria biggest economy in Africa

TweetSo 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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Poor Numbers in Addis Ababa, Edinburgh, Oxford, London and Helsinki

TweetMy first stop on a trip where I stop to give a talk in Edinburgh, look sit on a panel in Oxford, ask give a presentation at the DFID economist conference in London, and finally present a new paper at … Continue reading

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GDP in Ghana – Two lines

TweetAs I have discussed elsewhere (here, here and here), in 2010, Ghana changed its base year for GDP calculation from 1993 to 2006, and the cumulative effect of change in methods, base year and adding new data on economic activities … Continue reading

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Foreign Affairs reviews Poor Numbers

TweetAccording to Nicolas van de Walle in Foreign Affairs Jerven demonstrates with devastating clarity that African governments produce imprecise economic statistics that should not be trusted. Read the full review here.

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