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About Lant Pritchett...

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 in 2007, 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.

He has published widely in economics journals and in specialized journals on demography, education, and health. He has authored (alone or with one of his 22 co-authors) over 100 papers in refereed journals, chapters in books, or articles, as least some of which are widely cited (he was inordinately pleased when his Google Scholar total citation count passed 10,000 including 24 separate 100 plus citation papers).

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, including some time as adviser to Google.org.

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, spanning every region of the world. He has lived in Argentina (1978-80), Indonesia (1998-2000) and India (2004-2007).

He speaks English reasonably good, Spanish passably, Bahasa Indonesia pathetically, and remembers almost none of his college Arabic.

Lant has been married since 1981 to Diane Tueller Pritchett and together they have three children, Hannah, Lukas, and Isaac.

And nothing else. [Some bios list here 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. The only point of this seems to me 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 father to three great children and maintaining a strong marriage has been plenty.]

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