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We are hiring 30 (!) Chancellor Fellows in Data Sciences

Calling on all data scientists & critical scholars working on how statistics, data, big data and logarithms change production of knowledge and decision making. University of Edinburgh is  are appointing up to 30 (!) tenure track Chancellor Fellows. The fellow … Continue reading

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Ruling the World by Numbers: streaming lectures online

For those who want to follow the lectures in my course “Ruling the world by numbers” online, the lectures will stream live here from 12:15 till 14:00. The lectures run every monday from 12:15 to 14:00 as per the schedule … Continue reading

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Ruling the World by Numbers: Preliminary Syllabus – Comments Welcome

Here’s the preliminary version of the syllabus. Comments welcome. We also have the facilities to stream the lectures live if there are people who wants to audit the course. Let me know.

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Discussing ‘Poor Numbers’ with Bill Easterly

You can follow the facebook chat here. The chat formally launches the paper: ‘Development By Numbers: A primer‘ (short version here) and we will of course also touch upon issues discussed in my books on the subject. See you in … Continue reading

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Why so grumpy? The datarevolution and its discontents

In “Big Questions for Big Data and what it can do for African Economic Development” I wrote about some of the basic knowledge problems that remain in development statistics, and concluded that, as of yet, Big Data does not seem … Continue reading

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IMF and Ebola: why we don’t have any good answers

The debate on whether IMF has any blame for Ebola has been frustrating, even infuriating. It is going to continue to be frustrating largely because: “Who is to blame for Ebola?” is really not a good question. In turn, we … Continue reading

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Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong

My latest book is available for pre-order: For the first time in generations, site Africa is spoken of these days with enthusiastic hope: no longer seen as a hopeless morass of poverty, the continent instead is described as “Africa Rising,” … Continue reading

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Africa by numbers: Keynote at Nordic Africa Days 2014

The Nordic Africa Days 2014 took place 26-27 September 2014 in Uppsala, unhealthy Sweden. I gave the keynote lecture.

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Reflecting back, looking forwards: Interview with Democracy in Africa

Democracy in Africa asked me about developments in my field in the past year, stuff and what I thought are the main challenges and exciting opportunities ahead. Read the interview here.

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Nordic Africa Days 2014

The call for papers for the Nordic Africa Days 2014 is out. It will take place on 26-27 September 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden. The keynote speakers at the event is Mo Ibrahim and yours sincerely. The topic is ‘Misbehaving States … Continue reading

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