Lessons from Sri Lanka’s dire economic crisis

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Lessons from Sri Lanka’s dire economic crisis With runaway inflation, unsustainable debt and a hamstrung tourism sector, Sri Lanka’s economy is facing its worst crisis in over 70 years. Recently, the island nation lifted its state of emergency. What caused the crisis? Twin deficits — a budget short...

Why we need to fix sinking state finances now?

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Why we need to fix sinking state finances now? Why we need to fix sinking state finances now? State governments are confronting various fiscal risks, particularly heavy debt, says the Reserve Bank of India’s latest bulletin. The Centre too recently red-flagged states’ high off-budget borrowings and...

Our problem is fiscal mismanagement and not freebies

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Our problem is fiscal mismanagement and not freebies Recent weeks have seen increasing apprehensions raised by India’s political leadership as well as the judiciary on the increasing tendency of governments and political parties to promise ‘freebies’ to citizens. On 15 July, speaking at a function ...

What does rising public debt mean for the economy?

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What does rising public debt mean for the economy? What does rising public debt mean for the economy? The covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a wider fiscal deficit and higher public debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) ratio. However, the quality of public debt is also crucial—is the debt meant for ...
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