Michael Walton is Lecturer in International Development at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi and was V. K.R.V. Rao Chair Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore for 2008 and 2009. He was Visiting Professor for the 2007/08 semester of the Delhi School of Economics. He now teaches in the Harvard Kennedy School’s MPA in International Development.
From 1980-2004, he worked at the World Bank, including extended periods on Indonesia and Zimbabwe, adviser to two Chief Economists, Regional Chief Economist for East Asia and the Pacific (1995-97), Director for Poverty Reduction (1997-2000), Chief Economist for Human Development (1999-2000) and Adviser for poverty and human development in Latin America and the Caribbean (2000-2004). He was part of the management group for World Development Report 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty, and played a central role in the design of the poverty reduction strategy process for low income countries. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked for the Central Planning and Development Office for the Government of Lesotho, 1997-79.
Major publications include: co-author of the World Bank’s World Development Report 1990 on poverty; director of World Development Report 1995 on labor; co-editor of Culture and Public Action (Stanford University Press, 2004); co-author of Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean: Breaking with History? (World Bank, 2004); co-director of World Development Report 2005/06 on Equity and Development; and co-editor of No Growth without Equity? Inequality, Interests and Competition in Mexico. (Palgrave Macmillan and the World Bank, 2009).
Michael Walton has a B.A. (First Class) in Philosophy and Economics and an M.Phil. in Economics, both from Oxford University.
Personal website: http://www.michaelwalton.info/