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Development Under Stress: Sri Lankan Economy in Transition

Saman Kelegama (Author)

Sri Lanka is credited with being the pioneer of economic liberalization in South Asia.  Why, then, is economic progress painfully slow with the outcome being far below the country?s potential? This book examines the process of development and the implementation of reforms in Sri Lanka after the economic liberalization of 1977.  The author shows that while part of the story lies in the ongoing conflict in the North-East, which has lasted over 20 yeas, there are a number of other factors which have impeded economic progress, thereby, designating it development under stress.  The book describes the key features of the Sri Lankan socio-political and economic system that prevented the country from achieving higher levels of economic growth. It explains why the country could not match the economic achievements of South Korea and Malaysia-countries that had similar per capita income levels to that of Sri Lanka in the 1950s.  The author focuses on five core themes: Economic development since Independence, The debate on economic liberalization, Macroeconomic management, sectoral policy, employment and poverty.  A must-read for all these involved in the study of Sri Lanka, as well as for development economists, students, researchers, policy makers, social scientists and South Asia experts.

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About the author

Saman Kelegama

Saman Kelegama is Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka. He was the former President of the Sri Lanka Economic Association. Dr. Kelegama received his Doctorate from Oxford and Masters from IIT, Kanpur, India. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka and co-editor of the South Asia Economic Journal. Among Dr. Kelegama's recent publications are Contemporary Economic Issues: Sri Lanka in the Global Context (2006), South Asia after the Quota System: The Impact of the MFA Phase-Out (2005) and Economic Policy in Sri Lanka: Issues and Debates (2004).

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Title Development Under Stress: Sri Lankan Economy in Transition
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178296942
length 305p.