Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995

Hardcover | April 9, 2014

byMorten Jerven

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How do we measure African economic performance? This volume studies how growth is measured in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia and challenges commonly held beliefs of African economic performance. The volume offers a reconsideration of economic growth in Africa in three respects. First, it shows that the focus has been on average economic growth and that there has been no failure of economic growth. In particular the gains made in the 1960s and 1970s have been neglected. Second, it emphasizesthat for many countries the decline in economic growth in the 1980s was overstated, as was the improvement in economic growth in the 1990s. The coverage of economic activities in GDP measures is incomplete. In the 1980s many economic activities were increasingly missed in the official records thus the decline in the 1980s was overestimated (resulting from declining coverage) and the increase in the 1990s was overestimated (resulting from increasing coverage). The third important reconsideration is thatthere is no clear association between economic growth and orthodox economic policies. This is counter to the mainstream interpretation, and suggests that the importance of sound economic policies has been overstated, and that the importance of the external economic conditions have been understatedin the prevailing explanation of African economic performance.

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How do we measure African economic performance? This volume studies how growth is measured in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia and challenges commonly held beliefs of African economic performance. The volume offers a reconsideration of economic growth in Africa in three respects. First, it shows that the focus has been on average e...

Morten Jerven is an economic historian and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Since 2009, he has been Assistant Professor at the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University. He is author of Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It and has published widely o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. African Economic Growth Reconsidered2. Measuring African Economic Growth3. Measurement in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia 1965-19954. Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered: Botswana5. Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered: Kenya6. Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered: Tanzania7. Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered: Zambia8. Economic Growth in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia ReconsideredConclusion