DEW says Sri Lanka lacks political economists


D.E.W. Gunasekare

by Sanath Nanayakkare

We have enough qualified economists in this country, but we don't have political economists who can offer insights to the people on a broader view of the economy beyond 'pure markets', D.E.W. Gunasekare, former COPE chairman said in Colombo recently.

"There is a clear need in the country for political economists who have the competence to combine the strengths of economic methods, analytical political science and social science to present integrated knowledge from other disciplines as well. Such work will help people understand the political economy. Further, it will offer them a strong conceptual approach to understand different economic processes such as relationships between businesses and the macro economy, policy making and various interest groups and individuals in the whole picture. That will enlighten them on how these forces affect them and their households in an economic sense", he said.

The former parliamentarian and COPE chairman made this comment while speaking at an event where Divaina journalist Shyam Nuwan Ganewatte launched a book titled," Kauda Hora (Who’s the thief) based on the bond scandals in February 2015 and March 2016.

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