Macroeconomics and Policy Efficiency
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The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating: Distribution and Revenue Implications of Sri Lanka’s New Inland Revenue Act

Much needed tax reforms were introduced, with the Sri Lankan parliament passing the new Inland Revenue Act, effective from 1 April 2018. How will this new tax regime affect the tax revenue and what will be the tax burden to on the people? Is it actually more pro-poor or is it another way for the rich to get richer? This blog analyses the implications of the new Act on the taxpayers as well as on the tax revenue collected by the government.

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Sri Lanka’s Debt Overhang: Getting Better, or Worse?

The Sri Lankan economy appears to be suffering from a growing debt crisis and is facing a risky external sector outlook in the near term. According to Central Bank’s 2016 Annual Report, the total general government external debt has grown by 10% in 2016 to US$ 27.2 billion. This article by Dushni Weerakoon analyses whether Sri Lanka is making progress in terms of getting its debt overhang under control.

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Women’s Labour Force Participation in Sri Lanka: An Inquiry into the Key Social and Cultural Constraints

Social and cultural norms and practices continue to impede the full and equal participation of women in the labour market. On February 20th, the World Day of Social Justice, this article will examine the key socio-cultural constraints to female labour force participation and provide recommendations aimed at tapping into the full economic potential that women to stimulate growth in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka and the Pivot to Asia in the New Global Order

This article examines the implications of China’s rise in the new global order and Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy on Sri Lanka.

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Policy Instability – The Achilles Heel of Sri Lanka’s Productivity

This article elaborates on some key aspects highlighted in the Global Competitiveness Report 2016/17, which sheds light on structural weakness in the economy that inhibits Sri Lanka’s progress.

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