Africa - Why economists get it wrong

Date: 8 May 2015

Venue: UAntwerp - Stadscampus - Building S - Nile Room (1st floor) - Lang Sint-Annastraat 7 - 2000 Antwerp

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: IOB

Short description: IOB Seminar by Morten Jerven

For the first time in generations, Africa is spoken of these days with enthusiastic hope: no longer seen as a hopeless morass of poverty, the continent instead is described as 'Africa Rising', a land of enormous economic potential that is just beginning to be tapped. With Africa: Why economists get it wrong , Morten Jerven offers a bracing corrective.

Neither story, he shows, is accurate. In truth, most African economies have been growing rapidly since the 1990s—and, until a collapse in the ’70s and ’80s, they had been growing reliably for decades.

Puncturing weak analysis that relies too much on those two lost decades, Jerven redraws our picture of Africa’s past, present, and potential.

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