Morten Jerven

Snapshot
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
May/June
2013
Nicolas van de Walle

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