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Changing Contours of the Economic Divide in Sri Lanka: The Post-Liberalization Experience 1977-2004

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Upali Vidanapathirana

Open University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Abstract

The economic divide is inimical to long-term development. Experience of South Korea and Taiwan in the 1970s demonstrated how different combinations of policies engendered equality. Similarly, lessons drawn from Sri Lanka and the State of Kerala in India in the 1960s further support this view. The economic policy reversals in 1977 however, significantly changed the public social welfare gains in Sri Lanka. The economic divide worsened continuously; its impact covered both income inequality and wider forms of capability deprivation. The findings of this paper refute the ‘hypothesis of convergence' in the case of Sri Lanka.  The paper identifies varied dimensions of the economic divide with a view to ascertain its underlying causes.

Sri Lankan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.1(1) July 2009

How to Cite: Vidanapathirana, U., 2010. Changing Contours of the Economic Divide in Sri Lanka: The Post-Liberalization Experience 1977-2004. Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(1), p.None.
Published on 09 Dec 2010.
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