Sri Lanka is currently facing many transitions: economic, epidemiological, demographic, technological and social. The world economy too is evolving, with technological progress, economic crises and social upheavals demanding more and alternative economic analyses. Both these factors make it imperative for economists in Sri Lanka and overseas, among the academic community as well as practitioners, to focus on economic research and its dissemination. The journal of the Sri Lanka
Forum of University Economists seeks to fulfill this mandate.

The Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research (SLJER) creates a space where research, particularly policy related research, can be disseminated and so contributes to the economic thinking in the country in this period. The critical evaluation of policy is essential if optimal use is to be made of the demographic window of opportunity. Equity and social welfare, the cornerstone of economic thinking in the country, and the challenges posed to such fundamentals by economic liberalization, globalization and technological progress make it vital to dwell on ideas and ideals, as well as to collate systematic evidence to support rational policy making. The aim of this journal then is to support such processes through dissemination and discussion.

The SLJER is a refereed tri-lingual journal. The journal will primarily provide an opportunity for authors presenting papers at the annual sessions of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists to disseminate their contributions. Apart from the research articles the journal carries a special section titled ’Perspectives’ which articulates alternative thinking and approaches to Economics. Book reviews are included as well.

All articles in this journal are subject to a rigorous blind peer-review process initially, and are then reviewed by the editorial committee prior to final acceptance for publication.