Equity, Growth and Insurrection: Liberalisation and the Welfare Debate in Contemporary Sri Lanka
AbstractThis paper focuses on economic consequences of policy reforms and their social and political impacts. Our central argument is the following: (a) contrary to many assertions in the immediate post-reform period, economic liberalisation in Sri Lanka had a significant impact on both household and regional inequality, though not one that was reflected in the conventional statistical measures that informed and dominated policy; (b) the changes in wealth distribution were related to the altered pay-offs associated with certain assets (especially education) and people's access to them; (c) even if they were not reflected in conventional statistical measures, affected population groups were intensely aware of these changes in the distribution of relative wealth; and (d) their perceptions of increased inequality were magnified by a widening gap between expectations and the opportunities that were open to them.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by School of Economics, La Trobe University in its series Working Papers with number 1998.11.
Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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- David Dunham & Sisira Jayasuriya, 2000. "Equity, Growth and Insurrection: Liberalization and the Welfare Debate in Contemporary Sri Lanka," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(1), pages 97-110.
- David Dunham & Sisira Kumara Jayasuriya, 1998. "Equity, Growth and Insurrection: Liberalisation and the Welfare Debate in Contemporary Sri Lanka," Working Papers 1998.11, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
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