Pushing past poverty: paths to prosperity

Lant Pritchett, Research Director at Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE), will give a talk on reducing global poverty. Countering the intuitive notion that poverty reduction is about finding and implementing effective programmes for the poor, he will discuss how broad-based increases in economic productivity that create prosperity are in fact the only route to the elimination of poverty, arguing that anything else is just poor economics.

About the speaker:

Before becoming the RISE Research Director at the Blavatnik School, Lant was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and Professor of the Practice of International Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2017 he published two co-authored books through Oxford University Press: Building State Capability and Deals & Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes. He also published two solely authored books with the Center for Global Development, Let Their People Come (2006) and The Rebirth of Education (2013), and over a hundred articles and papers (with more than 25 co-authors) on a wide range of topics, including state capability, labour mobility, and education, among many others.