Macroeconomics and Policy Efficiency
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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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Sri Lanka’s Extended Fund Facility Arrangement with the IMF: It’s Mostly Fiscal

This article takes a look at Sri Lanka’s status and what the country needs to do with regard to its economy, in terms of the IMF Programme.

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Insights into Sri Lanka’s Re-based GDP Estimates

This article looks at the implications of over-due re-basing exercise on the size of the Sri Lankan economy, its sectoral composition and growth rates.

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Charting a Course for Sri Lanka’s Economy: Politics Triumph Economics for Now

In this article Dushni Weerakoon points out the need for Sri Lanka to confront difficult and delayed reforms to make the economy more efficient and competitive.

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The Credit Dilemma: Monetary and Financial System Stability in Sri Lanka

February 2014 marked five consecutive years of single-digit rates of inflation in Sri Lanka – supposedly the longest spell in the country’s post-independence history. Quite rightly, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) can take its share of credit for this success, especially in view of historic high and volatile inflation rates of the past. Indeed, the scale of monetary stability becomes clear when considering the fact that inflation rates hit a peak of 22.6 per cent in only 2008 before settling to single digit levels from February 2009. Despite five years of a moderate inflationary environment and higher average economic growth during that period, private investment trends have been modest. The monetary authorities are struggling to revive credit appetite in spite of signaling the end of a tight monetary policy stance way back in December 2012. Credit growth to the private sector was extremely sluggish at 7.5 per cent in 2013. It has continued in the same vein so far in 2014, recording a growth of only 4.4 per cent year-on-year in February.