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2016 The State of State Enterprises in Sri Lanka Report

Sri Lanka’s State Enterprises have burdened the taxpayer and have delivered little returns. Advocata's inaugural publication looks at the state of the state enterprises and looks at how they can be reformed.

Opinion: Rite of passage, boom and bust cycle of the economy

Where economic performance is concerned, Sri Lanka tends to emphasize on the importance of economic growth or GDP growth over other economic indicators. This has led to expectations of consistently higher growth rates over time. However, we have not as yet been able to maintain...

Provincial and sector household income growth in Sri Lanka

The Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) 2012/2013 conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics covering a sample of 25,000 housing units across all 25 districts of the country provides interesting insights as to how income and expenditure at the household level...

Most common productivity killers in the workplace

What are the most common productivity kilers in the workplace? Data recently released by Pulp PR broke it down to four main things that today’s offices are unfortunately too full of. At Frontier Research we too have found ourselves grappling with these issues as we try to manage...

Sri Lanka’s economy in 2013 in positive rebalancing mode:Report

Despite a strong headline Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2013, many Sri Lanka businesses serving domestic consumers experienced very subdued business conditions during the year. The reason as to why strong economic growth failed to translate into better business...

From the Washington Consensus to a Colombo Consensus?

Guest post by Abdul Halik Azeez, WB-SAES Youth Delegate from Sri Lanka (Azeez blogs at http://abdu.lk, Research Product Head, Frontier Research Sri Lanka) This morning Pakistani economist Akmal Hussein talked about how mainstream economics/capitalism teaches that inequality...

The Death and Disgrace of Sri Lanka’s Labour Movement

May Day rallies to me were a vague call back to communist absurdity, until I found out that the phenomenon actually started in America, and has more to do with the labour movement than communism. I’d always greeted it with appreciation; because like every Sri Lankan I appreciate...