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Morten Jerven: “Economic History of Africa is Experiencing a Strong Resurgence”

Poor NumbersMorten Jerven recently spoke to SJ Cooper-Knock from Democracy in Africa about his work over the past year and what he thinks will be the main focus of African economics in 2014.

Jerven explains that in 2013 his research focused on “the histories of material progress and how this is measured in economic statistics,” which was the subject of his book, Poor Numbers: How we are mislead by African development statistics and what to do about it.

“Economic history of Africa is experiencing a strong resurgence,” Jerven says of the promising developments in his field over the last year. Developmental statistics became a mainstream issue, with figures such as Bill Gates taking an interest. Jerven says that this will continue to be a point of interest in 2014 and that the relationship between governance and growth will also be examined.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, and your area of interest.

I am an economic historian, and my work has focused on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, both in the very long run and in the independence period. Most recently I have done a lot of work on the histories of material progress and how this is measured in economic statistics. This work has been published in Poor Numbers, and Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995 forthcoming in 2014 with Oxford University Press.

Book details

  • Poor Numbers: How we are mislead by African development statistics and what to do about it by Morten Jerven
    EAN: 9781775820659
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