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Lant Pritchett (born 1959) is an American developmental economist.

He was born in Utahmarker in 1959 and raised in Boisemarker, Idahomarker. He graduated from Brigham Young Universitymarker in 1983 with a B.S. in Economics, after serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentinamarker (1978-1980). He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technologymarker in 1988 with a PhD in Economics.

He worked for the World Bank from 1988 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2007. In 1991 he claimed that he wrote the controversial Summers memo, which Summers was receiving widespread criticism for. He was a contributor to the first Copenhagen Consensus. From 2000 to 2004 he was a lecturer in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Universitymarker. He is currently a professor of the practice of economic development at the Kennedy School of Government.

In 2006 he published his first monograph Let Their People Come: Breaking the Gridlock on Global Labor Mobility (Center for Global Development, pub). He argues that the most effective way the developed world can help impoverished countries is to allow vastly increased numbers of low skilled laborers as guest workers. He describes what he sees as an immoral cycle of using ever more sophisticated technology to reduce labor while billions of willing workers live in extreme poverty.

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