Books written by Michael Lipton

Assessing Economic Performance: some features of British economic development 1950-1965 in the light of economic theory and the principles of economic planning. (1968)

Botswana: Employment and Labour Use (2 vols.). European Economic Commission and Ministry of Finance and development Planning, Botswana. ( 1979)

Why Poor People Stay Poor: Urban Bias and World Development.  (1977; 2nd ed., Avebury, 1988).


Land Reform in Developing Countries: Property Rights and Property Wrongs by Michael Lipton (2009) (link to wikipedia page about the book)
* Routledge webpage for the book, includes ordering info and the price of the Hardback and Paperback versions (and link to ebook version)
* Find the review of this book by Albert Berry here: The Case for Redistributional Land Reform in Developing Countries [from Development and Change 42(2): 637–648].
* A book review by Andrew Dorward here [from the Journal of Agricultural Economics].
* A review by Joe Hill here [from South Asian Water Studies 2(3)]
* A review by Mark L Wahlqvist here [from Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2009 18 (4): 703]
* A review by Amy Ickowitz [from The Journal of Peasant Studies 2011 38(1): 193–207

See also Land Reform in Developing Countries: contents, reviews, how to get it.

Books written jointly by Michael Lipton and others
With Roy Pryce and Merlin Stone. An Enlarged European Community and the Less Developed Countries. Report of a conference of Institute of Development Studies and the Centre for Contemporary European Studies at the University of Sussex, July 1970. Falmer, UK: Centre for Contemporary European Studies 1970
With Mick Moore. The methodology of village studies in less developed countries. Delhi: Oxford University Press, for Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University 1972

With John Firn. The Erosion of a Relationship: India and Britain Since 1960 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (for Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London) 1975






With John Connell, Biplab Dasgupta and Roy Laishley. Migration from Rural Areas: The evidence from Village Studies. Delhi: Oxford University Press 1976


With John Connell. Assessing village labour situations in developing countries. Institute of Develop-ment Studies (Brighton, England), Village Studies Programme. Delhi: Oxford University Press 1977


africanfoodstrategiescoversWith Carol Heald. African food strategies and the EEC’s role: an interim review. Commissioned Review no. 6. Falmer, UK: Centre for European Policy Studies (Sussex University) 1984.

With Richard Longhurst. Modern Varieties, International Agricultural Research, and the Poor. Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. Washington, D.C.: 1985. Completely revised, updated and expanded book version (1989) can be found here (.pdf)





With Richard Longhurst. New Seeds and Poor People. London: Unwin Hyman 1989

roleworldbankagriculture1990With Robert Paarlberg. The role of the World Bank in agricultural development in the 1990s. UN Conference on Trade and Development: UN Development Programme: Group of Twenty-four. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute 1990. Full version can be found here. (.pdf)



doesaidworkindiacoverWith John Toye. Does Aid Work in India? A country study of the impact of official development assistance. London: Routledge 1990

With Eliane Darbellay and Shahin Yaqub. Successes in Anti-poverty.  For University of Sussex  and Poverty Research Unit. Geneva, International Labour Organisation (World Employment Programme) 1998. Full version can be found here (.pdf)

 Books edited or co-edited by Michael Lipton

The Crisis of Indian Planning in the 1960s ed. Paul Streeten and Michael Lipton. Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London. Oxford University Press 1968. Author, Urban bias and agricultural planning (chapter) and Introduction (with Paul Streeten)





Including the poor. Proceedings of a symposium organized by the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute. Edited, with a preface, ‘Research and policy framework’, by Michael Lipton and Jacques van der Gaag. International Food Policy Research Institute; World Bank: Washington, D.C World Bank 1993







landlabourcovervolone1996Land labour and livelihoods in rural South Africa. Edited by Michael Lipton, Merle Lipton, Mike de Klerk and Frank Ellis. 2 vols. Durban: Indicator Press 1996. Includes Michael Lipton, ‘Rural reforms and rural livelihoods: the contexts of international experience’ (Introduction to vol. 1).

ruralpovertyreport2001coverThe Challenge of Ending Rural Poverty: Rural Poverty Report 2001 (lead scholar). International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome: Oxford: Oxford University Press. “The intellectual leadership in preparing the Report was provided by Michael Lipton of the Poverty Research Unit at the University of Sussex, England; co-authors at PRU,  Saurabh Sinha and Julie Litchfield, with chapter contributions by Rachel Blackman and research assistance by Joanna Church, Xavier Cirera, Reetika Khera, Jennifer Leavy, Loraine Ronchi, Kitty Stewart, Isabel Vogel and Shahin Yaqub, and data management and administrative support by Saurabh Sinha and Rachael Straub. The Report was finalized at IFAD through consultation between the PRU Team, Michael Lipton and Saurabh Sinha, and the IFAD Team, Uday Abhyankar, Rodney Cooke, Eve Crowley, Edward Heinamann, Gary Howe, Bruce Moore, Atiqur Rahman, Hans Dieter Seibel, Ganesh Thapa, Phrang Roy, John Westley and Doug Wholey. Earlier drafts of the Report were reviewed both within and outside IFAD” (IFAD Preface to the Report)
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