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‘Comprehensive Policy Changes Needed to Help Sri Lanka Realise its Youth Potential’ – Q&A with Nisha Arunatilake

In this second special post coinciding with the World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka, we present an interview with Dr. Nisha Arunatilake, Research Fellow and Head of the Labour, Employment and Human Resources Development Unit of the IPS. Interviewed by the Talking Economics team (TE), Nisha (NA) discusses the challenges that must be tackled across a spectrum of issues – education quality, skills shortages, retaining talent, and improving the entrepreneurship climate. She says it’s time for comprehensive policy changes, as “selective changes alone will not be able to change the system adequately”, and points to initiatives by China and Singapore from which Sri Lanka can draw useful lessons.

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WCY 2014: A Recap of IPS Knowledge Contributions to the Youth Agenda

The World Conference on Youth 2014 kicks off today with over 600 delegates from across the world gather in Sri Lanka to debate and discuss the critical challenges facing young people today, and the need to mainstream these issues in to the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals agenda. The IPS is proud to be associated with the event, as a key knowledge partner, with several of our researchers serving as resource persons at the event. As the WCY 2014 begins, we present you a multimedia overview of IPS engagement with the issues coming into focus at the summit, in this special blog post.

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Dale Mortensen and the Real Crisis of Unemployment

The economics profession lost a prominent labour economist this past weekend – Prof. Dale Mortensen, a 2010 Nobel Laureate. When I heard of his passing-away, it took me back to June last year in the little lake-side town of Iseo, …

Sri Lankans and Irregular Migration: A Journey to Die For?

SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLE MARKING INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY, 18TH DECEMBER   On the 3rd of December, 2013, the Australian government announced new policy that aimed to further discourage the arrival of irregular migrants in Australia. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced that, …

Dying to Work?: Why Health and Safety in the Work Place is an Important Economic Issue for Sri Lanka

This week ten workers in Bangladesh lost their lives in a deadly fire at a garment factory, another in a series of incident ranging from building collapses to fires that have claimed over 1,500 lives in the past year alone. …