The Political Economy of Long-Term Revenue Decline in Sri Lanka

  title={The Political Economy of Long-Term Revenue Decline in Sri Lanka},
  author={Mick Moore},
  journal={Political Economy - Development: Domestic Development Strategies eJournal},
  • M. Moore
  • Published 2017
  • Business
  • Political Economy - Development: Domestic Development Strategies eJournal
From the 1950s to the 1980s, Sri Lankan governments collected a high proportion of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in taxes. They spent most of that money on mass provision of health and education services, and subsidised food. Sri Lanka was a model welfare state, with unusually high human development indicators. Contemporary Sri Lankan governments spend very little on their poor citizens. A major reason is that since 1990 the proportion of GDP collected in tax revenue has steadily declined, such… Expand
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