Michael Lipton

Michael Lipton CMG FBA (born 13 February 1937) is a British economist specialising in rural poverty in developing countries, including issues relating to land reform and urban bias. He has spent much of his career at the University of Sussex, but also contributed to the work of international institutions, such as the World Bank's 2000/2001 World Development Report on poverty. He was reader, then professorial fellow, at the university's Institute of Development Studies 1967–94, and since 1994 he has been research professor at the University of Sussex's Poverty Research Unit, which he founded.[1]

Michael Lipton
Born13 February 1937 (1937-02-13) (age 82)
FieldDevelopment economics
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Lipton was elected to the British Academy in 2006[2] and shared the 2012 Leontief Prize.[3] He was appointed CMG in 2003.[4]

Selected works

  • Why Poor People Stay Poor: Urban Bias and World Development (1977, 1988)
  • New Seeds and Poor People (with Richard Longhurst, 1989)
  • Does Aid Work in India? (with John Toye, 1991)
  • Successes in Anti-poverty (1998, 2001)
  • Land Reform in Developing Countries: Property rights and property wrongs (2009), Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-09667-6


  1. Lipton bio Archived 31 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Sussex
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "No. 56963". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2003. p. 3.

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