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The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 3: Endemic Hunger$
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Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198286370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286370.001.0001

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Public Policy and Basic Needs Provision: Intervention and Achievement in Sri Lank *

Public Policy and Basic Needs Provision: Intervention and Achievement in Sri Lank *

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(p.59) 2 Public Policy and Basic Needs Provision: Intervention and Achievement in Sri Lank*
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The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 3: Endemic Hunger
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Sudhir Anand (Contributor Webpage)

S. M. Ravi Kanbur

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286370.003.0003

A substantial part of Sri Lanka's achievements in certain areas of basic needs provision such as health and education standards, has been due to the country's intrinsic and directed public policies. This chapter's econometric analysis, based on time series data, reconfirms that income growth alone would not have achieved that enviable basic needs record — the role of direct intervention has been significant. The expansion of health services has been more effective than food subsidies in mortality decline. There is a need to shift the focus from scrutinizing the effectiveness of intervention to looking at the best patterns and combinations of social welfare expenditure that can achieve the maximum impact on basic needs.

Keywords:   government intervention, health, education, social welfare, intervention-achievement link, time-series analysis

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