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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 is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Global
Development. He was co-editor of the Journal of Development
Economics and worked as a consultant to Google.org.
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 from 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.
Lant 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, at 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
Come, and in 2013 his second, The Rebirth of Education:
Schooling Ain’t Learning.
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 fifty countries and has lived in three other
countries: Argentina (1978-80), Indonesia (1998-2000), and India
(2004-2007, & 2011-2012).
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: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design
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Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Pritchett, Lant. "Can Rich Countries be Reliable Partners for
National Development." Horizons: Journal of International
Relations and Sustainable Development Winter (Vol 2) (2015).
Pritchett, Lant and Sandefur, Justin. "Learning from Experiments
When Context Matters." American Economic Review Papers and
Proceedings (May 2015).
Pritchett, Lant and Sandefur, Justin. "Context Matters for Size:
Why External Validity Claims and Development Practice Don't Mix."
Journal of Globalization and Development 4(2) (2014):
Pritchett, Lant, and Lawrence H. Summers. "Asiaphoria, Meet
Regression to the Mean." Prospects for Asia and the Global
Andrews, Matthew, Lant Pritchett, and Michael Woolcock. "Looking
Like a State: Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability
for Implementation." Journal of Development Studies 49(1)
(January 2013): 1-18.
Pritchett, Lant, and Martina Viarengo. "Does Public Sector Control
Reduce Variance in School Quality?" Education Economics 23.5
(August 2015): 557-576.
Pritchett, Lant. "Who is Not Poor? Dreaming of a World Truly
Free of Poverty." World Bank Research Observer 21.1 (Spring
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).
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. "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).
Lant Pritchett, Matthew Andrews, and Michael Woolcock. Building
State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action. Oxford University
Pritchett, Lant. The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain’t
Learning. Brookings Institution Press, 2013.
Pritchett, Lant. Let Their People Come: Breaking the Gridlock on
Global Labor Mobility. Brookings Institution, 2006.
- HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
Nadel, Sara, and Lant Pritchett. "Searching for the Devil in the
Details: Learning About Development Program Design." HKS Faculty
Research Working Paper Series RWP16-041, August 2016.
Andrews, Matthew, Lant Pritchett, and Michael Woolcock. "The
Challenge of Building (Real) State Capability." HKS Faculty
Research Working Paper Series RWP15-074, December 2015.
Pritchett, Lant, and Yamini Aiyar. "Value Subtraction in Public
Sector Production: Accounting Versus Economic Cost of Primary
Schooling in India." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
RWP15-027, June 2015.
Pritchett, Lant. "The Risks to Education Systems from Design
Mismatch and Global Isomorphism." HKS Faculty Research Working
Paper Series RWP14-017, April 2014.
Pritchett, Lant, Kunal Sen, Sabyasachi Kar, and Selim Raihan.
"Trillions Gained and Lost: Estimating the Magnitude of Growth
Episodes." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-016,
Pritchett, Lant, and Charles Kenny. "Promoting Millennium
Development Ideals: The Risks of Defining Development Down." HKS
Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-033, September 2013.
Hausmann, Ricardo, Lant Pritchett, and Dani Rodrik. "Growth
Accelerations." KSG Faculty Research Working Paper Series
RWP04-030, July 2004.
- Research Papers/Reports
Pritchett, Lant, and Martina Viarengo. "The Illusion of Equality:
The Educational Consequences of Blinding Weak States, For Example."
Center for Global Development Working Paper 178 and Harvard Program
on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) Working Paper 09-03, June
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.