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    • Deals Versus Rules: Policy Implementation Uncertainty and Why Firms Hate It 

      Hallward-Driemeier, Mary; Khun-Jush, Gita; Pritchett, Lant (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2010)
      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 ...
    • Escaping Capability Traps through Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) 

      Andrews, Matthew R.; Pritchett, Lant; Woolcock, Michael J. (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2012)
      Many reform initiatives in developing countries fail to achieve sustained improvements in performance because they are merely isomorphic mimicry—that is, governments and organizations pretend to reform by changing what ...
    • Is India a Flailing State?: Detours on the Four Lane Highway to Modernization 

      Pritchett, Lant (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2009)
      India is an emerging global superpower as its rapid growth has transformed its economy and has maintained itself as the world’s largest democracy. But at the same time India lags in many dimensions—its malnutrition rate ...
    • The Negative Consequences of Overambitious Curricula in Developing Countries 

      Pritchett, Lant; Beatty, Amanda (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2012)
      Learning profiles that track changes in student skills per year of schooling often find shockingly low learning gains. Using data from three recent studies in South Asia and Africa, we show that a majority of students spend ...
    • The Place Premium: Wage Differences for Identical Workers Across the US Border 

      Clemens, Michael A.; Montenegro, Claudio E.; Pritchett, Lant (2009)
      We estimate the “place premium”—the wage gain that accrues to foreign workers who arrive to work in the United States. First, we estimate the predicted, purchasing-power adjusted wages of people inside and outside the ...