Morten Jerven

Morten Jerven

The GDPs of many African countries appear to be soaring, which is partly a statistical fluke due to recent corrections of decades of bad data. African countries now face the challenge of rewriting their poorly recorded economic histories and adopting up-to-date statistical measures that will capture the continent's future growth.

Capsule Review
Nicolas van de Walle

Jerven demonstrates with devastating clarity that African governments produce imprecise economic statistics that should not be trusted.