Talking Economics Digest: January – June 2018




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As Sri Lanka is looking to reform its education sector, the 16th Edition of the Talking Economics Digest centers on the theme of ‘Creating a Knowledge-based Economy.’ One of the biggest challenges in this regard is reforming the outdated education system in Sri Lanka. The current system that emphasises success at examinations over any other achievement, coupled with the overloaded curricula, is a cause for concern. Inequities in physical and human resources at the school level only serve to exacerbate this problem. Allocating more funds is not the only answer to these issues; the education system as a whole, needs to be scrutinised and suitable policy reforms need to take place to address these structural weaknesses.

As in previous issues, the Talking Economics Digest is a collection of articles written by IPS researchers during the first half of 2018, covering a wide range critical national, regional, and international economic policy matters, including trade, labour, migration, climate change, health, human development and more.

In keeping with the theme, the Digest also features an interview with IPS’ Director of Research, Nisha Arunatilake, who heads the Labour, Employment, and Human Resource Development unit. You can also find out more details on our latest publications and events. We hope you find the latest edition of the Digest insightful and informative! As always, readers’ comments, thoughts, and feedback are welcome.

The ‘Talking Economics Digest’, published bi-annually, is a compilation of articles featured on this blog within a 6 month time period, together with new articles and special feature segments. To obtain a printed copy of the digest and check its availability please contact our Publications Unit for details.