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The Economic Cost of the War in Sri Lanka

  • Nisha Arunatilake

    (School of Economics, La Trobe University)

  • Sisira Kumara Jayasuriya

    (School of Economics, La Trobe University)

  • Saman Kelegama

    (School of Economics, La Trobe University)

There is growing interest in recent years in the economic dimensions of civil wars and other violent social conflicts. This paper discusses some of the conceptual and methodological problems associated with assessing the economic costs of such conflicts, and presents an evaluation of the costs of the (still ongoing) conflict in Sri Lanka. On conservative assumptions, the war may have cost the equivalent of twice Sri Lanka's 1996 GDP.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, La Trobe University in its series Working Papers with number 1999.10.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:trb:wpaper:1999.10
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