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By Morten Jerven

For the 1st time in generations, Africa is spoken of those days with enthusiastic wish: now not visible as a hopeless morass of poverty, the continent as an alternative is defined as “Africa Rising,” a land of huge monetary power that's simply commencing to be tapped.

With Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong, Morten Jerven bargains a bracing corrective. Neither tale, he exhibits, is actual. honestly, such a lot African economies were transforming into swiftly because the 1990s—and, till a cave in within the ’70s and ’80s, that they had been starting to be reliably for many years. Puncturing susceptible research that is based an excessive amount of on these misplaced many years, Jerven redraws our photograph of Africa’s previous, current, and potential.

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