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Pritchett, Lant

Works: 221 works in 636 publications in 1 language and 5,718 library holdings
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Honoree
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Most widely held works by Lant Pritchett
Moving out of poverty by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The global moving out of poverty study is unique in several respects. It is one of the few large-scale comparative research efforts to focus on mobility out of poverty rather than on poverty alone. The study draws together the experiences of poor women and men who have managed to move out of poverty over time and the processes and local institutions that have helped or hindered their efforts. It is also the first time that a World Bank report draws on people's own understanding of freedom, democracy, equality, empowerment, and aspirations-and how these affect poor people in different growth, social, and political contexts. By giving primacy to people's own experiences and how they define poverty, the study provides several new insights to develop more effective strategies to reduce poverty. The study finds that poor people take lots of initiative, in many cases even more than those who are better off. There are millions and millions of tiny poor entrepreneurs. The investment climate of these tiny entrepreneurs has not been a centerpiece of poverty strategies. Too often, poor people do not face a level playing field. Despite the micro credit revolution, poor people remain outside of most financial services; and large lenders remain reluctant to lend to micro enterprises and micro entrepreneurs. New institutional models and financial instruments are needed to serve poor people's financial needs and give them the capital they need to expand their businesses and connect to markets
Let their people come : breaking the gridlock on international labor mobility by Lant Pritchett( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, Lant Pritchett argues that irresistible demographic forces leading to greater international labor mobility are being checked by immovable anti-immigration ideas of the citizens of rich countries. He proposes breaking the deadlock through policies that support development while also being politically acceptable in those well-off nations. These include reliance on bilateral rather than multilateral agreements; greater use of temporary worker permits; permit rationing; and protection of migrants' fundamental human rights."--BOOK JACKET
Moving out of poverty by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents the experiences of poor people who have made it out of poverty. This work's findings draw from research conducted in communities in 15 countries in Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and South Asia. The authors synthesize the results of qualitative and quantitative research based on discussions with over 60,000 people in rural areas. They offer bottom-up perspectives on the processes and local institutions that play key roles in escapes from poverty. The study finds that there are no differences in the initiatives taken by the poor, the rich, and the upwardly mobile. The authors demonstrate how -- in the face of deep social inequalities that block access to economic opportunities and local democracies --individual initiative and empowerment by themselves are often not enough to escape poverty
Building state capability : evidence, analysis, action by Matt Andrews( Book )

10 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Governments play a major role in the development process, and constantly introduce reforms and policies to achieve developmental objectives. Many of these interventions have limited impact, however; schools get built but children don't learn, IT systems are introduced but not used, plans are written but not implemented. These achievement deficiencies reveal gaps in capabilities, and weaknesses in the process of building state capability. This book addresses these weaknesses and gaps. It starts by providing evidence of the capability shortfalls that currently exist in many countries, showing that many governments lack basic capacities even after decades of reforms and capacity building efforts. The book then analyses this evidence, identifying capability traps that hold many governments back - particularly related to isomorphic mimicry (where governments copy best practice solutions from other countries that make them look more capable even if they are not more capable) and premature load bearing (where governments adopt new mechanisms that they cannot actually make work, given weak extant capacities). The book then describes a process that governments can use to escape these capability traps. Called PDIA (problem driven iterative adaptation), this process empowers people working in governments to find and fit solutions to the problems they face. The discussion about this process is structured in a practical manner so that readers can actually apply tools and ideas to the capability challenges they face in their own contexts. These applications will help readers implement policies and reforms that have more impact than those of the past.'--
The rebirth of education : schooling ain't learning by Lant Pritchett( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite great progress around the world in getting more kids into schools, too many leave without even the most basic skills. In India's rural Andhra Pradesh, for instance, only about one in twenty children in fifth grade can perform basic arithmetic. The problem is that schooling is not the same as learning. In The Rebirth of Education, Lant Pritchett uses two metaphors from nature to explain why. The first draws on Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom's book about the difference between centralized and decentralized organizations, The Starfish and the Spider. Schools system
Does more for the poor mean less for the poor? the politics of tagging by Jonah B Gelbach( )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

October 1995 Attempts to achieve more for the poor through the use of indicator targeting may in fact mean less for the poor. The efficient use of a fixed budget for poverty reduction may require targeting. However, the use of indicator targeting, using fixed characteristics that are correlated with poverty to determine the distribution of expenditures, will tend to reduce the budget. Ignoring the budget reducing effects can reduce the welfare of the poor as they receive a greater share of a shrinking budget. There are political economy limits to not only the scope but the form of redistribution. Proposals aimed at improving the welfare of the poor often include indicator targeting, in which non-income characteristics (such as race, gender, or land ownership) that are correlated with income are used to target limited funds to groups likely to include a concentration of the poor. Previous work shows that efficient use of a fixed budget for poverty reduction requires such targeting, either because agents' income cannot be observed or to reduce distortionary incentives arising from redistributive interventions. Inspite of this, Gelbach and Pritchett question the political viability of targeting. After constructing a model that is basically an extension of Akerlof's 1978 model of tagging, they derive three main results: * Akerlof's result continues to hold: that, ignoring political considerations, not only will targeting be desirable but recipients of the targeted transfer will receive a greater total transfer than they would if targeting were not possible. * A classical social-choice analysis -- in which agents vote simultaneously about the level of taxation and the degree of targeting -- shows that positive levels of targeted transfers will not exist in equilibrium (an unsurprising finding, given Plott's 1968 theorem). It also shows that a voting equilibrium often will exist with no targeting but with non-zero taxation and redistribution. * In a game in which the policymaker chooses the degree of targeting while voters choose the level of taxation, the redistributive efficiency gains from tagging may well fail to outweigh the resulting reduction in funds available for redistribution. These results may be extended readily to account for altruistic agents. Gelbach and Pritchett stress that even when these results hold, the alternative to targeted transfers -- a universally received lump-sum grant financed through a proportional tax -- will nonetheless be supported politically and will be quite progressive relative to the pretransfer income distribution. This paper -- a product of the Poverty and Human Resources Division, Policy Research Department -- is part of a larger effort in the department to understand the role of targeting in poverty alleviation efforts
The effect of household wealth on educational attainment demographic and health survey evidence by Deon Filmer( Book )

9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

September 1998 While household wealth is strongly related to educational attainment of children nearly everywhere, the magnitude and pattern of the effect of wealth differs widely. The gap in attainment of children of the poor and rich ranges from only one or two years in some countries to nine or ten years in others. This attainment gap is the result of different patterns of enrollment and dropout: while in South America low attainment among the poor is almost entirely due to children who enroll then drop out early, in West Africa and South Asia many poor children never enroll. Using household survey data from 44 Demographic and Health Surveys in 35 countries, Filmer and Pritchett document different patterns in the enrollment and attainment of children from rich and poor households. They find that: * Enrollment profiles of the poor differ across countries but fall into distinctive regional patterns. In some areas (including much of South America) the poor reach nearly universal enrollment in first grade but then drop out in droves. In others (including much of South Asia and West Africa), the poor never enroll. Both patterns lead to low attainment. * There are enormous differences across countries in the wealth gap-the difference in enrollment and educational attainment between the rich and the poor. In some countries the difference between the rich and poor in the median number of years of school completed is only a year or two; in others the gap is as great as nine or ten years. * The attainment profiles can be used as diagnostic tools to examine issues in the educational system, including the extent to which enrollment is low because of the physical unavailability of schools. Filmer and Pritchett overcome the lack of data on income and consumption expenditures in the surveys by constructing a proxy for long-run household wealth, using survey information on assets and using the statistical technique of principal components. This paper-a product of Poverty and Human Resources, Development Research Group-is part of a larger effort in the group to inform education policy. The study was funded by the Bank's Research Support Budget under the research project Educational Enrollment and Dropout (RPO 682-11). Deon Filmer may be contacted at
Mind your p's and q's the cost of public investment is not the value of public capital by Lant Pritchett( )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

October 1996 A dollar's worth of public investment spending often does not create a dollar's worth of capital, especially in developing countries. One deep difficulty of development may be that even when public capital is productive it may be difficult to create this capital in the public sector. Pritchett presents theory and calculations to show that part of the explanation of slow growth in many poor countries is not that governments did not spend on investments, but that these investments did not create productive capital. For a variety of reasons, governments take resources from current consumption to invest in the economic equivalent of pyramids, items that produce no future output. The most critical assumption (of the many) necessary for cumulated investment flows to be even reasonable proxies for capital stocks is that the cost of investment (the p's) is equal to the value of the capital stock evaluated as its increment to future profitability (the q's). This assumption can be justified only if investors act to equalize these - and under many conditions, profit-maximizing investors will do so. But there is ample reason not to believe that all governments act as profit-maximizing investors - and ample reason to believe that some governments invest better than others. The implication, especially in developing countries, is that a dollar's worth of public investment spending often does not create a dollar's worth of public capital. A variety of calculations suggest that in a typical developing country less than 50 cents of capital were created for each public dollar invested. One of the deep difficulties of development may well be that even when public capital is productive it may be difficult to create this capital in the public sector. This paper - a product of the Poverty and Human Resources Division, Policy Research Department - is part of a larger effort in the department to investigate the impact of policies on long run economic growth
Estimating wealth effects without expenditure data-- or tears an application to educational enrollments in states of India by Deon Filmer( )

12 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

October 1998 The relationship between household wealth and educational enrollment of children can be estimated without expenditure data. A method for doing so-which uses an index based on household asset ownership indicators-is proposed and defended in this paper. In India, children from the wealthiest households are over 30 percentage points more likely to be in school than those from the poorest households, although this gap varies considerably across states. To estimate the relationship between household wealth and the probability that a child (aged 6 to 14) is enrolled in school, Filmer and Pritchett use National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data collected in Indian states in 1992 and 1993. In developing their estimate Filmer and Pritchett had to overcome a methodological difficulty: The NFHS, modeled closely on the Demographic and Health Surveys, measures neither household income nor consumption expenditures. As a proxy for long-run household wealth, they constructed a linear asset index from a set of asset indicators, using principal components analysis to derive the weights. This asset index is robust, produces internally coherent results, and provides a close correspondence with data on state domestic product and on state level poverty rates. They validate the asset index using data on consumption spending and asset ownership from Indonesia, Nepal, and Pakistan. The asset index has reasonable coherence with current consumption expenditures and, more importantly, works as well as-or better than-traditional expenditure-based measures in predicting enrollment status. The authors find that on average a child from a wealthy household (in the top 20 percent on the asset index developed for this analysis) is 31 percent more likely to be enrolled in school than a child from a poor household (in the bottom 40 percent). This paper-a product of Poverty and Human Resources, Development Research Group-is part of a larger effort in the group to inform educational policy. The study was funded by the Bank's Research Support Budget under the research project Educational Enrollment and Dropout (RPO 682-11). Deon Filmer may be contacted at
Divergence, big time by Lant Pritchett( )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

October 1995 The basic fact of modern economic history is massive absolute divergence in the distribution of incomes across countries. This paper shows that even without actual historical data on incomes in the now poor countries we can reasonably estimate that the ratio of the incomes of the richest to the poorest countries increased at least sixfold between 1870 and today. Recently, much attention has been paid in the literature on economic growth to the phenomenon of conditional convergence, the tendency of economies with lower-level incomes to grow faster, conditional on their rate of factor accumulation. Pritchett documents that, regardless of conditional convergence, perhaps the basic fact of modern economic history is massive absolute divergence in the distribution of incomes across countries. Discussions of long-run convergence or divergence have been hindered by the lack of reliable historical estimates of per capita income for poor countries. Pritchett shows that to draw reasonable inferences about whether incomes have converged or diverged does not require historical estimates of per capita income as a plausible lower limit for historical per capita incomes combined with estimates of current income in poor countries places a binding constraint on their historical growth rates. Pritchett estimates that between 1870 and 1985 the ratio of incomes in the richest and poorest countries increased sixfold, the standard deviation of (natural log) per capita incomes increased by between 60 and 100 percent, and the average income gap between the richest and poorest countries grew almost ninefold (from $1,500 to over $12,000). This paper -- a product of the Office of the Vice President, Development Economics -- was prepared as a background paper for World Development Report 1995 on labor
Population growth, factor accumulation, and productivity by Lant Pritchett( )

11 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

January 1996 New insights -- from new data -- on the relationship between population growth, factor accumulation, and productivity. In research on how population growth affects economic performance, some researchers stress that population growth reduces the natural resources and capital (physical and human) per worker while other researchers stress how greater population size and density affect productivity. Despite these differing theoretical predictions, the empirical literature has focused mainly on the relationship between population growth and output per person (or crude proxies for factor accumulation). It has not decomposed the effect of population through factor accumulation and the effect through productivity. Pritchett uses newly created cross-country, time-series data on physical capital stocks and the educational stock of the labor force to establish six findings: * There is no correlation between the growth of capital per worker and population growth. * The common practice of using investment rates as a proxy for capital stock growth rates is completely unjustified, as the two are uncorrelated across countries. * There is either no correlation, or a weak positive correlation, between the growth of years of schooling per worker and the population growth rate. * Enrollment rates are even worse as a crude proxy for the expansion of the educational capital stock, as the two are negatively correlated. * There is no correlation, or a weak negative correlation, between measures of total factor productivity growth and population growth. * Nearly all of the weak correlation between the growth of output per person and population growth is the result of shifts in participation in the labor force, not of changes in output per worker. This paper is a product of the Poverty and Human Resources Division, Policy Research Department
Where has all the education gone? by Lant Pritchett( )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

March 1996 How to explain the surprising finding that more education did not lead to faster economic growth? Cross-national data on economic growth rates show that increases in educational capital resulting from improvements in the educational attainment of the labor force have had no positive impact on the growth rate of output per worker. In fact, contends Pritchett, the estimated impact of growth of human capital on conventional nonregression growth accounting measures of total factor productivity is large, strongly significant, and negative. Needless to say, this at least appears to contradict the current conventional wisdom in development circles about education's importance for growth. After establishing that this negative result about the education-growth linkage is robust, credible, and consistent with previous literature, Pritchett explores three possible explanations that reconcile the abundant evidence about wage gains from schooling for individuals with the lack of schooling impact on aggregate growth: * That schooling creates no human capital. Schooling may not actually raise cognitive skills or productivity but schooling may nevertheless raise the private wage because to employers it signals a positive characteristic like ambition or innate ability. * That the marginal returns to education are falling rapidly where demand for educated labor is stagnant. Expanding the supply of educated labor where there is stagnant demand for it causes the rate of return to education to fall rapidly, particularly where the sluggish demand is due to limited adoption of innovations. * That the institutional environments in many countries have been sufficiently perverse that the human capital accumulated has been applied to activities that served to reduce economic growth. In other words, possibly education does raise productivity, and there is demand for this more productive educated labor, but demand for educated labor comes from individually remunerative but socially wasteful or counterproductive activities -- a bloated bureaucracy, for example, or overmanned state enterprises in countries where the government is the employer of last resort -- so that while individuals' wages go up with education, output stagnates, or even falls. This paper -- a product of the Poverty and Human Resources Division, Policy Research Department -- is part of a larger effort in the department to investigate the determinants of economic growth
Growth accelerations by Ricardo Hausmann( Book )

19 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unlike most cross-country growth analyses, we focus on turning points in growth performance. We look for instances of rapid acceleration in economic growth that are sustained for at least eight years and identify more than 80 such episodes since the 1950s. Growth accelerations tend to be correlated with increases in investment and trade, and with real exchange rate depreciations. Political-regime changes are statistically significant predictors of growth accelerations. External shocks tend to produce growth accelerations that eventually fizzle out, while economic reform is a statistically significant predictor of growth accelerations that are sustained. However, growth accelerations tend to be highly upredictable: the vast majority of growth accelerations are unrelated to standard determinants and most instances of economic reform do not produce growth accelerations
Voice lessons local government organizations, social organizations, and the quality of local governance by Vivi Alatas( )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As part the Local Level Institutions study of local life in villages in rural Indonesia information was gathered on sampled household's participation in social activities. We classified the reported activities into four distinct types of social activity: sociability, networks, social organizations, and village government organizations. Respondents were also asked about questions about their village government: whether they were informed about village funds and projects, if they participated in village decisions, if they expressed voice about village problems, and if they thought the village government was responsive to local problems. Several findings emerge regarding the relationship between the social variables and the governance activities. Not surprisingly, an individual household's involvement with the village government organizations tends to increase their own reports of positive voice, participation, and information. In contrast, the data suggest a negative spillover on other households. There is a strong "chilling" effect of one household's participation in village government organizations on the voice, participation, and information of other households in the same village. The net effect of engagement in village government organizations is generally negative, while the net effect of membership in social organizations is more often associated with good governance outcomes. These findings indicate that existing social organizations have a potentially important role to play in enhancing the performance of government institutions in Indonesia and in the evolution of good governance more generally. This paper--a product of the Environment and Social Development Sector Unit, East Asia and Pacific Region--is part of a larger effort in the region to study local level institutions
Good policy or good luck? : country growth performance and temporary shocks by William Easterly( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: Much of the new growth literature stresses country characteristics, such as education levels or political stability, as the dominant determinant of growth. However, growth rates are highly unstable over time, with a correlation across decades of .1 to .3, while country characteristics are stable, with cross-decade correlations of .6 to .9. Shocks, especially those to terms of trade, play a large role in explaining variance in growth. These findings suggest either that shocks are important relative to country characteristics in determining long-run growth, or that worldwide technological change determines long-run growth while country characteristics determine relative income levels
Quantifying vulnerability to poverty : a proposed measure, applied to Indonesia by Lant Pritchett( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typically only a small proportion of the population is chronically poor; many more are not always poor but vulnerable to episodes or seasons of proverty and would be interested inprograms that reduce the risks they face
Deals and development : the political dynamics of growth episodes( )

6 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When are developing countries able to initiate periods of rapid growth and why have so few been able to sustain growth over decades? This book provides a novel conceptual framework built from a political economy of business-government relations and applies it to nine countries across Africa and Asia, drawing actionable policy recommendations
Safety nets and safety ropes : who benefited from two Indonesian crisis programs--the "poor" or the "shocked?" by Sudarno Sumarto( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of two programs compares the "safety net" (which guarantees against a fall past an absolute level) with the "safety rope" (which guarantees against a fall of more than a given distance)
Deals versus rules : policy implementation uncertainty and why firms hate it by Mary Hallward-Driemeier( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Firms in Africa report "regulatory and economic policy uncertainty" as a top constraint to their growth. We argue that often firms in Africa do not cope with policy rules, rather they face deals; firm-specific policy actions that can be influenced by firm actions (e.g. bribes) and characteristics (e.g. political connections). Using Enterprise Survey data we demonstrate huge variability in reported policy actions across firms notionally facing the same policy. The within-country dispersion in firm-specific policy actions is larger than the cross-national differences in average policy. We show that variability in this policy implementation uncertainty within location-sector-size cells is correlated with firm growth rates. These measures of implementation variability are more strongly related to lower firm employment growth than are measures of "average" policy action. Finally, we show that the de jure measures such as Doing Business indicators are virtually uncorrelated with ex-post firm-level responses, further evidence that deals rather than rules prevail in Africa. Strikingly, the gap between de jure and de facto conditions grows with the formal regulatory burden. The evidence also shows more burdensome processes open up more space for making deals; firms may not incur the official costs of compliance, but they still pay to avoid them. Finally, measures of institutional capacity and better governance are closely associated with perceived consistency in implementation -- National Bureau of Economic Research web site
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Moving out of poverty
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Let their people come : breaking the gridlock on international labor mobilityMoving out of poverty