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.
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This morning I addressed a key audience at The African Investigative Journalism Conference. Journalists are a key stakeholder in order hold producers and disseminators of data accountable. More generally, I think a lot of good could come out of training … Continue reading
I was supposed to give the opening statement at the UNECA meetings, but due to unfortunate circumstances it got cancelled last minute. The press release sent out by Cornell University Press is below. The planned program is here. Other individuals … Continue reading
Special Issue: Measuring Income, Wealth, Inequality, and Poverty in Sub Saharan Africa: Challenges, Issues, and Findings
The special issue in the Review of Income and Wealth on Measuring Income, Wealth, Inequality, and Poverty in Sub Saharan Africa is published. The issue collects some papers that were presented on the 2011 IARIW-SSA Conference on Measuring National Income, … Continue reading
My latest paper in the Canadian Journal of Development studies is a suggestion for how we can teach economics to interdisciplinary students in development studies. This is the abstract: What is the role of the economics discipline in teaching and … Continue reading
On April 11 I am speaking at the Institute for African Development at Cornell University, April 11, 2:30 PM. The seminar is in their series on “The Developmental State and the Delivery of Public Goods and Services in Africa” and … Continue reading
read about «Statistische Tragödie» in the Swiss daily «Neue Zürcher Zeitung» and you can find out why I am qouted as saying “Ces données sont créées et non pas collectées” in an interview with Jeune Afrique.
I start out by saying; “What do we know about poverty, income and growth in sub-Saharan Africa? The answer is: much less than we like to think.” Read more.
The Financial Times reviews my book. Read the review written by Andrew Jack here. According to the Financial Times: “Poor Numbers is an important contribution to the subject… …The book, while technical, is notable for its application of economic analysis … Continue reading