When Chris Blattman publicly asked, "As a development economist, what is one politically-incorrect research finding (a finding reflecting an unpopular belief) that you wish more people cared about?," Lant Pritchett swiftly rattled off six responses. I stitch them together here, with Lant's permission. Lant speaking:1. One of course is that the income gains to movers from migration are an order of magnitude bigger than any in situ development project/program gain.2. Another is that the variance of economic growth rates is much lower among democracies than non-democracies and hence (descriptively) nearly all episodes of rapid, sustained, (and hence poverty reducing) economic growth were initiated
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