Matt King

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (16 of 16)
Location: Singapore
Anniversary: 14 Jun
Birthday: 22 Sep

Ecletic! Energy, offshore engineering, politics, philosophy and economics


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Poor Numbers: How We are Misled by African Develop&hellip by Morten Jerven
I decided to read Poor Numbers after it appeared on Bill Gates list of best books of 2013 and certainly do not regret doing so. The Author, Morten Jerven is an associate professor at the Simon Fraser University and specialises in African Economic Development. Whilst the book is more of a scholarly tome than normal popular books on development I think the subject benefits greatly from the rigorous, yet still accessible, approach Mr Jerven takes.
The book discusses the source and reliability of a range of statistical measures used primarily to measure African economic development but in doing so I think it raises questions about a whole range of economic statistics and how these are… Read more
The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent&hellip by John Micklethwait
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This book has been written by two senior editors at The Economist and unsurprisingly reads like an extended Economist article. Whilst this makes it well researched and enjoyable to read I found their argument was ultimately confused.

This book covers the three and half revolutions that they defined to have occurred in Western political thought. The first revolution is that of the centralised state that arose in the seventeenth century. The second took place in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as regal patronage systems were replaced by more meritocratic and accountable governments. The third was the rise of the welfare state that slowly took place over the late nineteenth… Read more

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