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Lant Pritchett is Professor of the Practice of International
Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University (as of July 1, 2007).
In addition he works as a consultant to Google.org, is a
non-resident fellow of the Center for Global Development, and is a
senior fellow of BREAD. He is also co-editor of the Journal of
He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 with a B.S.
in Economics and in 1988 from MIT with a PhD in Economics.
After finishing at MIT Lant joined the World Bank, where he held
a number of positions in the Bank's research complex between 1988
and 1998, including as an adviser to Lawrence Summers when he was
Vice President 1991-1993. From 1998 to 2000 he worked in Indonesia.
From 2000 to 2004 Lant was on leave from the World Bank as a
Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at
Harvard University. In 2004 he returned to the World Bank and moved
to India where he worked until May 2007.
He has been part of the team producing many World Bank reports,
including: World Development Report 1994: Infrastructure for
Development, Assessing Aid: What Works, What Doesn't and Why
(1998), Better Health Systems
for Indias Poor: Findings, Analysis, and Options
(2003),World Development Report 2004:
Making Services Work for the Poor, Economic Growth in the 1990s:
Learning from a Decade of Reforms (2005).
In addition he has authored (alone or with one of his 22
co-authors) over 50 papers published in refereed journals, chapters
in books, or as articles, as least some of which are sometimes
cited. In addition to economics journals his work has appeared in
specialized journals in demography, education, and health. In 2006
he published his first solo authored book Let Their People
Lant, an American national, was born in Utah in 1959 and raised
in Boise Idaho. Perhaps because of this, he has worked in, or
traveled to, over forty countries and has lived in three other
countries: Argentina (1978-80), Indonesia (1998-2000), and India
Lant has been married since 1981 to Diane Tueller Pritchett and
together they have three children.
[And nothing else. Some bios list non-family and
non-professional accomplishments like climbing Everest or playing
the cello making it seem as if all of the rest was just tossed off.
I believe the only point of this is to make the rest of us, who
collapse on the couch and watch Friends reruns at the end of the
day, feel like slackers. I think getting the above done while being
a husband and father to three children is plenty.]
Economic Development: Theory and Evidence
Economic Development: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design
Applications and Cases in International Development
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Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Pritchett, Lant, and Michael Woolcock. "Solutions When the Solution
Is the Problem: Arraying the Disarray in Development." World
Development 32.2 (February 2004): 191-212.
Sumarto, Sudarno, Asep Suryahadi, and Lant Pritchett. "Safety Nets
or Safety Ropes? Dynamic Benefit Incidence of Two Crisis Programs
in Indonesia." World Development 31.7 (July 2003).
Pritchett, Lant. "Comment on: Institutions, Trade, and Growth."
Journal of Monetary Economics 50.1 (January 2003): 163-165.
Lindauer, David and Lant Pritchett. "What’s the Big Idea? Three
Generations of Development Advice" Economia (2002).
Filmer, Deon, Jeffrey S. Hammer, and Lant Pritchett. "Weak Links in
the Chain II: A Prescription for Health Policy in Poor Countries."
World Bank Research Observer 17.1 (2002): 47-66.
Pritchett, Lant, Sudarno Sumarto, Asep Suryahadi, and Menno
Pradhan. "Eating Like Which 'Joneses'?: An Iterative Solution to
Setting the Poverty Line 'Reference Group'." Review of Income
and Wealth 47.4 (December 2001).
Pritchett, Lant. "Where Has All the Education Gone?" World Bank
Economic Review (December 2001).
Pritchett, Lant and Deon Filmer. "Estimating Wealth Effects Without
Expenditure of Data - Or Tears: An Application to Enrollments in
States of India." Demography (February 2001).
- Book Chapters
Braun, Matías, Ricardo Hausmann, and Lant Pritchett. "The
Proliferation of Sovereigns: Are There Lessons for Integration?"
Integrating the Americas: FTAA and Beyond. Ed. Antoni
Estevadeordal, Dani Rodrik, Alan M. Taylor, and Andrés Velasco.
Harvard University Press, 2004.
Peters, David H., Abdo S. Yazbeck, Rashmi R. Sharma, G.N.V. Ramana,
Lant H. Pritchett and Adam Wagstaff. Better Health Systems for
India’s Poor: Findings, Analysis, and Options. World Bank,
- HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
Hausmann, Ricardo, Lant Pritchett, and Dani Rodrik. "Growth
Accelerations." KSG Faculty Research Working Paper Series
RWP04-030, July 2004.
- Research Papers/Reports
Pritchett, Lant, Sudarno Sumarto, and Asep Suryahadi. "Targeted
Programs in an Economic Crisis: Empirical Findings from the
Experience of Indonesia." SMERU Research Institute Working Paper,
Pritchett, Lant and Michael Woolcock. "Solutions When The Solution
is the Problem: An Array of the Disarray in Development.” Center
for Global Development Working Paper #10, September 2002.
Braun, Matias, Ricardo Hausmann, and Lant Pritchett. "The
Proliferation of Sovereigns: Are there Lessons for Integration."
Working Paper, May 2002.
Pritchett, Lant. "The Inculcation of Beliefs is Not Third Party
Contractible." Working Paper, December 2001.
Pritchett, Lant. "Ought Ain't Is: An Economist's Midnight Thoughts
on Education." Working Paper, December 2001.
Pritchett, Lant. "A Toy Collection, a Socialist Star and a
Democratic Dud: Growth Theory, Vietnam, and the Philippines."
Working Paper, November 2001.
Pritchett, Lant. "It Pays to Be Ignorant: A Simple Political
Economy of Rigorous Program Evaluation." Working Paper, November
Pritchett, Lant, Anna Wetterberg, and Vivi Alatas. "Voice Lessons:
Evidence on Social Organizations, Government Mandated
Organizations, and Governance from Indonesia's Local Level
Institutions Study." Working Paper, October 2001.
Pritchett, Lant. "Indonesia Poverty Assessment." World Bank Report,
Pritchett, Lant. "India Health Report." World Bank Report, April
Pritchett, Lant. Comment on "Impacts of the Indonesian Economic
Crisis: Price Changes and the Poor" by James Levinson, Steven
Berry, and Jed Friedman. Managing Currency Crises in Emerging
Markets, Ed. Michael P. Dooley and Jeffrey A. Frankel.
University of Chicago, 2003: 393.