The distribution of income in Sri Lanka in 1969-1970 and 1980-1981. A decomposition analysis

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Abstract

In 1977 the Sri Lankan government implemented a comprehensive policy of economic liberalization, removing many government controls on the economy and providing incentives for both foreign and domestic investment. The previous policies were often justified as necessary to maintain an equitable distribution of income. Income data from 1969-1970 and 1980-1981 surveys indicate that inequality has increased, but these data are shown to be unreliable for drawing conclusions on changes in the distribution of income. Expenditure data from the same surveys indicate that inequality has declined in the 1970's, both in the economy as a whole and within all sectors and ethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-274
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Development Economics
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1986

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