Regional disparities in Sri Lanka: how far is the centre distant from the periphery
Dr. DP Withanage
The aim of this study was to identify whether regional disparities in Sri Lanka significantly prevails. Based on the concept of Centre-periphery hypothesis and secondary sources of data, the study used descriptive statistics to achieve the aim. The study revealed that there are significant socio-economic discrepancies between the districts and also provinces. The Colombo district works as the Centre of the entire country while the Western Province is dominant. The Eastern and Uva provinces remain worst in almost all socio-economic indicators. It also identified that in the districts where the economic indicators are favourable, prosperity index and the other social indicators are also progressive. Finally, it also seems that the centre-periphery hypothesis is acceptable in relation to the regional development in Sri Lanka. Policy makers should give due attention on the regional unevenness and the backward regions when taking decisions on regional development.
Dr. DP Withanage. Regional disparities in Sri Lanka: how far is the centre distant from the periphery. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 6, Issue 12, 2019, Pages 53-56