Lant Pritchett

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Taxes: Price of Civilization or Tribute to Leviathan?

There are two dominant narratives about taxation. One is that taxes are the “price we pay for a civilized society” (Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.). Read more »

Taxes: Price of Civilization or Tribute to Leviathan?

Taxes are either loved or hated: they're seen either as promoting social equality or retarding economic growth. Yamini Aiyar and Lant Pritchett add nuance to this picture and look at the productive and unproductive role taxes play in an Indian context.  

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Value Subtraction in Public Sector Production: Accounting Versus Economic Cost of Primary Schooling in India

We combine newly created data on per student government expenditure on children in government elementary schools across India, data on per student expenditure by households on students attending private elementary schools, and the ASER measure of learning achievement of students in rur Read more »

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Value Subtraction in Public Sector Production: Accounting Versus Economic Cost of Primary Schooling in India
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Lant Pritchett and Yamini Aiyar

What educational production functions really show : a positive theory of education spending

The accumulated results of empirical studies show that the public sector typically chooses spending on inputs such that the productivity of additional spending on books and instructional materials is 10 to 100 times larger than that of additional spending on teacher inputs (for example, higher wages, small class size). The authors argue that this pervasive and systemic deviation of actual spending from the technical optimum requires a political, not economic or technical, explanation. Read more »

Health policy in poor countries : weak links in the chain

The authors show how the recent empirical and theoretical literature on health policy sheds light on the disappointing experience with the implementation of primary health care. They emphasize the evidence on two weak links between government spending on health and improvements in health status. First, the capability of developing country governments to provide effective services varies widely -- so health spending, even on the"right"services, may lead to little actual provision of services. Read more »

Towards A New Consensus for Addressing the Global Challenge of the Lack of Education

This paper is part of the Copenhagen Consensus process, which aims to assess and evaluate the opportunities available to address the ten largest challenges facing the world.  One of these ten challenges is the "lack of education". Read more »

Making Primary Education Work for India's Rural Poor: A Proposal for Effective Decentralization

Three forces are coming together to bring the issue of the relationship between local government and education onto the agenda. First, in the early 1990s India embarked on a process of creating autonomous units of local government that were elected and which were to be given substantial responsibilities. Read more »

Is India a Flailing State? Detours on the Four Lane Highway to Modernization

How does one reconcile the contradictions of India's booming economy and democracy with world class elite institutions and yet chaotic conditions in service provision of the most rudimentary types?  This paper argues that India is today a flailing state - a nation-state in which the head, that is the elite institutions at the national (and in some states) level remain sound and functional Read more »

Solutions when the Solution is the Problem: Arraying the Disarray in Development

An analytic framework for tracing three waves of efforts to provide key public services in developing countries is provided. Read more »