Category Archives: Poor Numbers

Measuring African Development: Past and Present – Special Issue

In 2013 the chief economist for the World Bank’s Africa region, Shanta Devarajan, delivered a devastating assessment of the capacity of African states to measure development and declared  “Africa’s Statistical Tragedy”. Is there a “statistical tragedy” unfolding in Africa now?If … Continue reading

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A history of economic growth in Africa: why measurement matters

The 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?

Read my write up for African Arguments here.

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Two nice tweets on Nigerian GDP rebasing

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Nigeria Rebases GDP

The announcement is expected to be made on Sunday. It has been expected any day now for almost three years, so it is about time. As I documented in Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and … Continue reading

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Poor Numbers @ Ottawa University

I am invited to give a talk based on Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) at Ottawa at the Center for International Policy Studies. I … Continue reading

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The African Statistics Debate

As I posted a few weeks ago, I did attend the meetings at the Symposium for Statistical Development in Africa in Botswana last week. Magnus Taylor at African Arguments sums it up nicely. There were some productive exchanges, and then there … Continue reading

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Poor Numbers in the Lancet.

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.

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Poor Numbers in Die Zeit

“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.

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African Symposium on Statistical Development

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

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