Tag Archives: Statistics

Data and debates: Launch of SmartGov Africa

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Data and statistics are a hot topic in African studies at the minute. In this blog, Nathan Boublil tells us about the launch of SmartGov Africa. Nathan is trained as a political economist and policy fellow at Cambridge University. In 2012, he co-founded with Elliott Verreault the data lab SmartGov Technologies to improve the use […]

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Reconsidering regime type and growth: Lies, dictatorships, and statistics


In this blog, Professor Christopher Magee and Professor John Doces tell us about their innovative research, which sheds light on the exaggerated growth rates that many dictatorships publish. The findings of their research were recently published in full in International Studies Quarterly. Christopher Magee is professor of economics at Bucknell University. John Doces is assistant professor of […]

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The politics of agricultural statistics

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In the first blog of our series on the politics of agricultural policies and reform, Morten Jerven tell us about his latest research into the numbers surrounding agricultural policies, and the politics behind those numbers. Morten Jerven is Assistant Professor in the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University and author of Poor Numbers: How We Are […]

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Poor numbers – how we are misled by African development statistics and what to do about it.

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Are we too eager to build economic models and development policies and too slow to look at the quality of the data that underwrites them? In his new book, Poor Numbers. How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It‘ Morton Jerven explores the issue

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