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.
Category Archives: Poor Numbers
The Lancet has a regular column, called the Art of Medicine. I was asked to write something for them on the basis of Poor Numbers. Here it is.
“So manipuliert man mit Statistik” is the title the editors at Die Zeit put on it. This was a shortened version of piece originally written for the IPG-Journal.
The 9th African Symposium on Statistical Development takes place from 17th to 21st February 2014 in Gaborone, Botswana. I was invited by Pali Lehohla and I am really looking forward to a session on the “The facts and fiction of … Continue reading
Special issue on data and development in the World Politics Review out last week. Contributions from Claire Melamed, Jack Goldstone and I contributed a write up on the gaps in the macroeconomic statistics in some African countries.
In Foreign Affairs, Nicolas van de Walle picks his top three books on Africa in 2013. Poor Numbers is one of the them. For review of the the other books, on the ANC and on corruption in Nigeria, see here. … Continue reading
On his blog The Gates Notes, Bill Gates features Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It on his list of “The Best Books I Read in 2013.” Gates writes: “Jerven, an … Continue reading
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