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Lant Pritchett -- Is India a Flailing State?

Friday, February 26, 2010

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Weatherhead Center at Harvard University, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

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"Is India a Flailing State?," with Lant Pritchett, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Lant Pritchett is currently Professor of the Practice of International Development and Faculty Chair of the Masters in Public Policy in International Development (MPA/ID) program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to returning the the Kennedy School, he was lead Socio-Economist in the Social Development group of the South Asia region of the World Bank, resident in Delhi, 2004-2007.

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 leaving MIT Lant joined the World Bank, where has has held a number of positions in research complex, including as an adviser to Lawrence Summers when he was Vice President, and in the World Bank’s Operations in Indonesia and in India. From 2000 to 2004 Lant was a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Lant’s career as a economic researcher and development practitioner has produced three kinds of outputs. He has been a co-author and team member in producing books by the World Bank, including two World Development Reports (Infrastructure in 1994, and Making Services World for Poor People in 2004), Assessing Aid: What Works, What Doesn’t and Why in 1998, Better Health Systems for India’s Poor: Findings, Analysis, and Options in 2003, and most recently Economic Growth in the 1990s: Learning from a Decade of Reforms in 2005. 

In addition he has authored (alone or with one of his 22 co-authors) over 50 individually signed papers in refereed journals, chapters in books, or articles, as least some of which are widely cited and he was (inordinately) pleased when his Google count (easy to do when one’s name is unique) passed 10,000.  He has published widely in economics journals and in specialized journals on demography, education, and health.

Finally, he has been engaged in policy dialogue and projects with governments and civil society around the world, both with the World Bank and as a consultant while at Harvard.


Location: Weatherhead Center at Harvard University, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.