The process and institutional arrangements that underpin policy efficiency are critical factors in overcoming economic and political barriers to growth and development. Policy efficiency can ensure that difficult but necessary reforms are identified, prioritized, initiated, implemented, and sustained over time.

In view of Sri Lanka’s current demographic transition, higher growth will have to come from improved labour productivity and efficiency, encompassing a gamut of regulatory reforms to raise competitiveness and institutional capacity in the economy. This calls for policies that will allow for a reallocation of factors of production; diversification, upgrading, and deepening of the production and export baskets; and use of new production methods and processes and different inputs.

Publications
Arunatilake, N. Inchauste, G., Lustig, N. (2017). The Incidence of Taxes and Spending in Sri Lanka. In G. Inchauste, & N. Lustig, The Distributional Impact of Taxes and Transfers – Evidence from Eight Low- and Middle-Income Countries, (pp. 267 – 293). Washington, D.C: The World Bank.

Nisha Arunatilake, Inchauste, G., Lustig, N.

Fiscal Policy for Growth: Sustainable Finance for Development, Chapter in State of the Economy Report 2016

Raveen Ekanayake, Kithmina V. Hewage

Taxation in Sri Lanka

WAIDAYASEKERA
2016

Connecting Asia – working paper

Dushni Weerakoon and Nipuni Perera
2015

Manufacturing Progress? Employment Creation in Sri Lanka, London :Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Jayawardena, P., Byiers. B, F. Kratke, , L. Rodrigues and A. Wijesinha, (2015),
2015

An Assessment of the Implementation of Guidelines in School Canteens:A Case Study from the Western Province of Sri Lankna

Bandara, G.V.S.D, Manuj C Weerasinghe and Munsif Sanoon,
2015

Repositioning in the Global apparel Value Chain in the Post-MFA Era:Strategic Issues and Evidence from Sri Lanka

Prema-Chandra Athukorala and Raveen Ekanayake
2014

Towards a Stronger, Dynamic and Inclusive South Asia

2014

Financial Inclusion, Regulation and Education in Sri Lanka”ADBI Working Paper 504 Series, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan,

Tilakaratna, G.,
November 2014

“Is Growth in South Asia Inclusive?”, SANEM Thinking Aloud, Volume 1, Issue 4,

Tilakaratna, G.,
September 2014

Blog on “From MDGs to Post MDGs:Some Lessons from Sri Lanka” Post-2015.org – What Comes after the MDGs? website co-ordinated by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK

Tilakaratna, G.,
2014

Social Protection and MDGs in Sri Lanka:Implications for the Post 2015 Agenda” Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Goals, Occasional Paper No. 12, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tilakaratna, G.,
2014

Can People in Sri Lanka’s Estate Sector Break Away from Poor Nutrition?”Health Economics Series No 1, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

Jayawardena, P.
2014

“Education for Youth” in “Youth and Development, Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for Sri Lankan Youth”, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development/Sri Lanka Youth national youth services council & Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Jayawardena, P.
2014

Health Statistics 2013

2014

“Gender Equality and Empower Young Women” in “Youth and Development: Realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Sri Lankan Youth” by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skill Development

Madurawala S.,
2014

“Intersectoral action for health in addressing Social Determinants of Health through Public Policies in Sri Lanka: Health in All Policies”, Australasian Medical Journal, Issue 2, Vol 7, 2014

Maduarawala S., S. Bandara, and N. Jayaratne
2014

“Determinants of Receipts of Environmental Awards and Certifications by Hotels in Sri Lanka: Experience from the Western Province”, Journal of Environment Professionals Sri Lanka, Vol 3, No 2, pp 41- 47

Wickramasinghe, K.,
2014

“19th Climate Change Conference – An Assessment”, Trade Insight, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2014.

Wickramasinghe, K.,
2014

Hand Book on the India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement

IPS
2013

Private Hospital Health Care Delivery in Sri Lanka: Some Issues on Equity, Fairness, and Regulation

Dayaratne, G. D.,
2013

“Making Women More Participatory in the Process of Economic Development”, in IPS (eds), Sri Lanka State of the Economy Report (SOE) 2013, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka: Colombo. (IPS publication; ISBN 978-955-8708-77-4)

Madurawala S.,
2013

“Sustainable Production and Consumption in Service Sectors: Case of Hotel Sector in Sri Lanka”, Economic Review, Vol. 39, Nos. 06 & 07 – 08, Aug/Nov 2013

Wickramasinghe, K.,
2013

Foreign Aid in South Asia-The Emerging Scenario

Saman Kelegama
2012

Tax Reforms in Sri Lanka – Will a Tax on Public Servants Improve Progressivity?

Nisha Arunatilake, Prianka Jayawardena, Anushka Wijesinha 2012

Fostering Innovation to Fastforward Growth in Sri Lanka

Anushka W
2012

“Equity in Access for Education and Health” in Economic Review, Research Department People’s Bank, Vol. 37, No. 11 & 12, pp 20-24

Arunatilake, N.
2012

Macroeconomic policy for Full and Productive Employment and Decent Work for All: Sri Lanka Country Study. Employment Sector. Employment Working Paper No. 110. International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland.

Arunatilake, N. and D. Weerakoon, 2011,
2012

“Equity in Education and Health Services in Sri Lanka” in “Equity and Well-Being: Measurement and Policy Practice” edited by Hyun Hwa Son., Routledge, Oxon

Arunatilake, N., P. Jayawardena, 2011,
2012

“Socio-Economic Determinants and Inequalities in Childhood Malnutrition in Sri Lanka”, Well-Being and Social Policy Journal, Vol. 8 Number 1, pp. 1-22.

Jayawardena, Priyanka (2012),
2012

United Nations Development Programme Sri Lanka, (2012) “Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012: Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development”, UNDP, Colombo.

Madurawala S.,
2012

Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka (Volume-01) ( P/ C)

Saman Kelegama, Dileni Gunewa
2011

Background study on “Review of Active Labour Market Programmes in Sri Lanka” in the Regional Flagship Report: More and Better Jobs in South Asia, World Bank

Arunatilake, N., Jayaweera, R., and Wijesinha, A., (2011),
2011

“Ageing and Labour Market Participation of Oldworkers in Sri Lanka”Journal of Population Ageing.Vol 4(3). P.141-163. Advanced online Publication. (DOI) 10.1007/s12062-011-9045-5

Arunatilake, N., Vodopivec M. and Arunatilake, N., 2011,
2011

“Sri Lanka: Migration, Remittances and Development ” in “Migration Remittances and Development in South Asia” edited by Saman Kelegama, Sage publishers, New Delhi.

Arunatilake, N., Priyanka Jayawardena, and Dushni Weerakoon, 2011,
2011

“Labour Market Trends and Outcomes in Sri Lanka” in The Challenges of Youth Employment in Sri Lanka, Gunatilake, R., M. Mayer, and M. Vodopivec (eds.), World Bank, Washington, D. C. and International Labour Organization, Geneva

Arunatilake, N. and P. Jayawardena (2010),
2011

“Equity in Education and Health Services in Sri Lanka” in ” Equity and Well-Being Measurement and Policy Practice”, Ed Hyun Hwa Son, Routledge

Jayawardena, P., and Arunatilake. N (2011)
2011

“Migration, Remittances and Development in Sri Lanka” in “Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia”, Ed Saman Kelegama Sage Publication Pvt Ltd

Jayawardena, P., Arunathilaka. N. and D. Weerakoon, (2011).
2011

Health Statistics 2010

2011

“Education and Health for Sustainable Growth ”, in IPS (eds), Sri Lanka State of the Economy Report (SOE) 2011, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka: Colombo.

(IPS publication; ISBN 978-955-8708-68-2)
Madurawala S. and J. Jayawardene (2011),
2011

“Liberalising Health Services under SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services (SATIS): Implications for South Asian Countries”, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) Paper No. 24.

Madurawala S., F. Khatun, M. G. Ahamad, S. Chaturvedi, P. Sharma, C. Sapkota, A. Ahmed, A. Naveed, and G. D. Dayaratne (2011),
2011

“Employment in the Knowledge Economy of Sri Lanka”, Economic Review, Vol. 36, Nos. 5 & 6, People’s Bank, Colombo.

Arunatilake, N. (2010),
2010

“The Labour Market Institutions, Ageing, and Elderly Welfare in Sri Lanka” in Demographics, Employment and Old Age Security , Moneer Alam and Armando Barrientos (eds.), Macmillan, New Delhi

Arunatilake, N. (2010),
2010

“Explaining Labour Market Imbalance in Sri Lanka – Evidence from Jobsnet Data” in The Challenges of Youth Employment in Sri Lanka, Gunatilake, R., M. Mayer, and M. Vodopivec ((eds.), World Bank, Washington, D.C. and International Labour Organization, Geneva.

Arunatilake, N. and P. Jayawardena (2010),
2010

“Why People Choose to Participate in the Informal Sector in Sri Lanka”, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 53, No.2, p 225-250.

Arunatilake, N. and P. Jayawardena (2010),
2010

“Formula Funding and Decentralized Management of Schools – Has it Improved Resource Allocation in Schools in Sri Lanka?”- International Journal of Educational Development

Arunatilake, N., and P. Jayawardena,
2010

“Why people choose to participate in the informal sector in Sri Lanka?” The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 53, No.2, p 225-250.

Jayawardena, P., and N. Arunatilake (2010)
2010

“Labor Market Trends and Outcomes in Sri Lanka”, Gunatilaka. R, M. Mayer, and M. Vodopivec, eds., The challenge of youth employment in Sri Lanka. Washington, DC : The World Bank, pp: 19-48

Jayawardena, P. and N. Arunatilake(2010),
2010

“Explaining Labor Market Imbalance in Sri Lanka: Evidence from Jobsnet Data”, Gunatilaka. R, M. Mayer, and M. Vodopivec, eds., The challenge of youth employment in Sri Lanka. Washington, DC : The World Bank, pp: 69-88

Jayawardena, P. and N. Arunatilake(2010),
2010

“Formula Funding and Decentralized Management of Schools; Has it Improved Resource Allocation in Schools in Sri Lanka?”, International Journal of Educational Development, Vol. 30 issue 1, pp. 44-53, January 2010

Jayawardena, P. and N. Arunatilake(2010),
2010

Trade in Services in South Asia: Opportunities and Risks of Liberalization ( P/ C)

Saman Kelegama
2009

Impact of Information Technology in Trade Facilitation on Small and Medium Enterprises in Sri Lanka

Janaka Wijayasiri, Suwendrani J
2009

“Challenges to the Sri Lankan Labour Market”, in Labour Issues in Development, National Association for Trade Union Research and Education

Arunatilake, N.,
2009

“Demographic Changes and the Need to Improve Labour Supply and Productivity”, Sri Lanka Labour Gazette, Vol. 60, Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower.

Arunatilake, N., 2009,
2009

Labour Force Participation of Women in Child Bearing Ages, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Volume 11: 01-38, December

Madurawala S., (2009),
2009

“Cost to Government Healthcare Services of Treating Acute Self-poisonings in a Rural District in Sri Lanka”, (with K. WickramasingheI; Paul Steele, A. Dawson, D. Dharmaratne, L. Senarathna, D. de Silva, K. Wijayaweera, M. Eddleston, F. Konradsen), Bulletin of World Health Organization, vol.87, No.3,2009.

Gunawardena A.,
2009

Trade Innovation and Growth: The Case of Sri Lankan Textile and Clothing Industry

Janaka Wijayasiri, Jagath Dissanayake
2008

Review: “Labour Markets Regulation and Deregulation in Asia (Experience in Recent Decades)” in Caroline Brassard and Sarthi Acharya (eds.), South Asia Economic Journal, Vol. 9 No. 1, 2008.

Arunatilake, N.,
2008

“Will Formula Based Funding and Decentralized Management Improve School Level Resources in Sri Lanka?” (with Priyanka Jayawardena), PMMA Working Paper 2008 – 12, Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network, 2008.

Arunatilake, N.,
2008

“Analysis of the Fisheries Sector in Sri Lanka” (with Asha Gunawardena, Dilhani Marawila, Parakrama Samaratunga, Athula Senaratne, and Manoj Thibbotuwawa), USAID Micro Report #100, 2008.

Arunatilake, N.,
2008

“The Impact of Population Aging on the Labor Market: The Case of Sri Lanka” (with Milan Vodopivec), IZA Discussion Paper No. 3456, 2008.

Arunatilake, N.,
2008

“The employees’ provident fund of Sri Lanka – Management and performance challenges in the investment of Fund” , Sri Lanka Labour Gazette, Vol. 59 No. 2 2008

Jayawardena, P. (2008),
2008

Sri Lanka National Health Accounts 2003-2004

IPS Research Team 2008,
2008

Health Statistics 2007

2008

Utilization of Preferential Trade Arrangements: Sri Lanka ‘s Experience with the EU and US GSP Schemes

Janaka Wijayasiri
2007

“Issues Relating to Preventing of Child Labour in Sri Lanka” (with R. de Silva) in Gamini Herath et al. (eds.), Child Labour in South Asia, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Burlington, U.S.A., 2007.

Arunatilake, N.,
2007

“Economic Challenges of Post-Tsunami Reconstruction in Sri Lanka”(with D. Weerakoon, S. Jayasuriya and P. Steele), ADBI Discussion Paper No. 75, 2006

Arunatilake, N.,
2007

Population Ageing, Policy Responses and Options to Extend Retirement Coverage: Case Study of Sri Lanka

Gaminiratna, Nirosha 2007,
2007

A Frame work for Social Accounting Matrices(SAMs) for Sri Lanka

Jayatilleke S. Bandara, Athula Naranpanawa
2006

Development Under Stress

Saman Kelegama
2006

“Education Participation in Sri Lanka – Why All are Not in School”, International Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 45 No. 3, 2006.

Arunatilake, N.,
2006

“The Economics of Tobacco in Sri Lanka” (with M. Opatha), Economics of Tobacco Control, Health, Nutrition and Population Discussion Paper No. 12, World Bank, Washington, D.C, U.S.A., 2003.

Arunatilake, N.,
2006

Input Output Tables for Sri Lanka-2000

D. Amarasinghe and Jayatilleke S. Bandara
2005

South Asia After The Quota System: Impact of The MFA Phase-Out

Saman Kelegama
2005

Sri Lanka’s National Accounts 1950-2002

Terrence Savundranayagam
2005

“Overview of Education Budgeting and Resource Allocation Processes in Sri Lanka”, Commonwealth Education Fund

Arunatilake N. and de Silva R., 2005,
2005

“Economic Consequences of Internal Conflict” in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Sri Lanka Edited by V.R. Raghavan and Karl Fischer, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited, New Delhi.

Arunatilake N., 2005,
2005

Sri Lanka National Health Accounts 2000 – 2002

IPS Research Team 2005,
2005

Economic Policy in Sri Lanka Issues and Debates-A Fistschrift in Honour of Gamini Corea

Saman Kelegama
2004

Cross Border Competition Implications for Sri Lanka

“Malathy Knight John, P.P.A. Wasantha, Andrew Perumal, P.W. Rupasinghe and Avanthi Gunathilake”
2003

Indo-Sri Lanka CEPA Report ( P/ C)

2003

An Alternate Approach
(2003), The Delivery of General Education in Sri Lanka

Wanasinghe, Shelton

2003

Towards a New Competition Law in Sri Lanka
IPS and Law and Trust Society

2002

“An Economic Analysis of Tobacco Demand in Sri Lanka”, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2002.

Arunatilake N.,
2002

“The Effect of Housing on Labour Performance in Estates”, Programme Support Group, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka, 2002.

Arunatilake N.,
2002

Sri Lanka National Health Accounts: Sri Lanka National Health Expenditures 1990-1999

2002

“Economic Impacts of Estate Welfare Programmes” in Human Perspectives in the Plantation Sector Eds

Kamphuis H.E.B. and B. Sivaram, Programme Support Group, Battaramulla. Arunatilake N.,, 2001
2001

“The Economic Costs of the Sri Lankan Civil War: The Case of Sri Lanka” (with S. Jayasuriya and S. Kelegama), World Development, Vol. 29 No. 9, 2001.

Arunatilake N.,
2001

“Economic Impacts of Estate Welfare Programmes” in H.E.B. Kamphuis (eds.), Human Perspectives in the Plantation Sector, Programme Support Group, Battaramulla, 2001.

Arunatilake N.,
2001

“Effectiveness in Improving Estate Labour Performance”, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol. 2, No.1, 2001.

Arunatilake N.,
2001

IPS HPP (1998 Revised – March 2001), Provisional Conceptual Framework for Sri Lanka National Health Accounts, OP#7

2001

WHO Fairness in Financing Study: Estimates for Sri Lanka 1995/96 Using WHO Methodology, OP#15

Dorabawila, T., S. De Silva, J. Mendis, R.P. Rannan-Eliya (2001),
2001

A Literature Survey of Macro Econometric and GEC Models In Sri Lanka

S. W. S. B. Dasanayake
2000

Expenditures for Reproductive Health Services in Egypt and Sri Lanka, OP#13

Rannan-Eliya, R.P. , P. Berman, E.E. Eltigani, I. de Silva, A. Somanathan, and V. Sumathiratne (2000),
2000

Designing Retirement – Income – Security Arrangements: Theory, Issues and Applications to Sri Lanka

de Mel, Nishan C., (2000),
2000

Operating Efficiency of Public Health Facilities in Sri Lanka: Measurement and Institutional Determinants of Performance

Somanathan, A. , K. Hanson, T. Dorabawila and B. Perera (2000),
2000

A Preliminary Assessment of Sri Lanka’s Health Sector and Steps Forward

Hsiao W. and IPS Health Policy Programme (2000)

Bangladesh Health Facility Efficiency Study Report, OP#12

Rannan Eliya, R.P. and A. Somanathan (1999),
1999

Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Welfare and Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka National Health Expenditures 1990-1999

1999

Analysis of Unique Natural Environmental and Cultural Assets Threatened by Infrastructure Projects: The Case of Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project

Ranasinghe, Malik (1999),
1999

Ranan-Eliya, R.P. , N. de Mel, E. Ramachandra and D. Senagama (1998), Ageing and Pensions, OP#5

1998

“Study on the Impact of Labour Legislation on Labour Demand in Sri Lanka” (with R. Gunatilaka), Department of National Planning, Ministry of Finance and Planning, 1997

Kelegama, S.,
1997

“Would a Reduction in Trade Barriers Promote Intra-SAARC Trade? – A Sri Lankan Perspective” (with P. Rajapakse), Journal of Asian Economics, Vol.8 No.1, 1997.

Arunatilake, N.,
1997

Labour Situation on Sri Lankan Tea Estates-A View to 2005

Dunham, David, Nisha Arunatilake and Roshan Perera (1997),
1997

Population Projections for Sri Lanka: 1991-2041

de Silva, W. Indralal (1997),
1997

Responses to Population Ageing: A Review of International Experience, OP#4

Rannan-Eliya, R.P. , N. de Mel, E. Ramachandran and D. Senagama (1997),
1997

Results of Private Health Insurance Study, OP#1

Rannan-Eliya, R. P. and N. de Mel (1996),
1996

Japan’s Role in Asian Development: Lessons for Sri Lanka

Dushni Weerakoon and Lekha Ratwatte
1996

Macroeconomic Policy Implications of Foreign Capital Inflows: The Sri Lankan Experience

P. Samararatne
1995

Responding to Future Challenges in Education and Training-Policy Issues at the Higher and Tertiary Levels

Wanasinghe, Shelton and Neranjana Gunatilleke (1995),
1995

Stabilization and Liberalization : A Closer Look at the Sri Lankan Experience 1977-93

David Dunham and Saman Kelegama
1994

Recent Trends in Foreign Aid

Shakuntala Kuruppu
1994

The North American Free Trade Agreement and Its Implications for Sri Lanka: With Special Reference to the Garment Industry. ( P/ C)

Saman Kelegama, Indira Unamboowe
1994

Protectionism and Trade Policy in Manufacturing And Agriculture in Sri Lanka ( P/ C)

Saman Kelegama, Fritz Foley
1993

Labour and the Numbers Racket-An Analysis of Labour Market Information in Sri Lanka

Kelly, Terrence F. (1993),
1993

External Shocks, Adjustment Policies and the Current Account: The Case of Sri Lanka, 1971-1991

Howard White, and Saman Kelegama
1993

What Type of Capitalism Does Sri Lanka Need?

Mick Noore
1992

Privatization: The Sri Lankan Experience

Saman Kelegama
1992

Growth, Stability and Balance of Payments

Lloyd Fernando
1992

Rural Non-Farm Employment: Some Conceptual Issues

Dunham, David (1992),
1992

A Strategy of Skills –Development and Employment Policy in Sri Lanka

Kelly, Terrence F. (1992),
1992

Rural Non-Farm Employment Problems, Issues and Strategies

Hewavitharana, Buddhadasa (1992),
1992

The Pertinence and Value of Village Studies for the Analysis of Rural Employment and Unemployment

Perera, Jayantha (1992),
1992

Adaptation to Changing Trade Patterns in the Global Trading Systems

Robert M. Stern
1991

The Theoretical Foundations of Competing Stabilization Policy Prescriptions: The Sri Lankan Experience 1970-1988

Purnima Rajapakse
1991

Women, Skill Development and Employment

Jayaweera, Swarna (1991),
1991

A Macroeconomic Overview of Sri Lanka 1970-1987 with Special Reference to Stabilization Issues

S.A. Karunaratne
1991

Inflation in Sri Lanka 1971-1987

H.V.B. Nicholas
1990


Stabilization and Growth; Some Notes on the Role of Credible Policies

Anoop Singh
1990

The Law and the Economic Status of Women

Goonesekera, Savitri (1990),
1990

Issues Concerning Women’s Employment in Asia: An Overview

Wazir, Rekha (1990),
1990

The Extent and the Nature of the Structural Mismatch in the Domestic Labour Market

Gunatilleke, Godfrey (1990),
1990

Non-Farm Employment in the Settlement Sector in Sri Lanka with Special Reference to the Mahaweli Development Program

Bandaragoda, D. J. (1990),
1990