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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Podcast: Morten Jerven on "Poor numbers: how we are misled by #African development statistics"

"On 7 May 2013 economic historian Morten Jerven presented his influential recent book PoorNumbers: How We are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to DoAbout it at the Africa Talks of the University of Birmingham. Grounded in new empirical research carried out by Jerven, the book authoritatively questions the validity of the main statistical indicators of the economic performance of African countries. It shows that a lot of what we think we know about African economies is best understood as ‘stories of statistical fiction’. In this podcast, Jerven describes how he reached the conclusions advanced in his book and what these conclusions imply for policy" - http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/africa-hub/videos/morten.aspx

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