Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.
  • Black Theme


Aims and scope

The South Asian nations have progressively liberalized their economies in recent years in an effort to integrate with the world economy. They have also taken steps to enhance multilateral and regional economic integration. Even though the South Asian economies have grown at an average rate of more than 5 per cent over the last few years, roughly 40 per cent of their people still live below the poverty line. Hence, the South Asian region continues to face many challenges of economic and social development.

The South Asia Economic Journal (SAEJ) is designed as a forum for informed debate on these issues, which are of vital importance to the people of the region who comprise one-sixth of the world’s population. The peer-reviewed journal is devoted to economic analysis and policy options aimed at promoting cooperation among the countries comprising South Asia. It also discusses South Asia’s position on global economic issues, its relations with other regional groupings and its response to global developments. We also welcome contributions to inter-disciplinary analysis on South Asia.

As a refereed journal, SAEJ carries articles by scholars, economic commentators,policy-makers and officials, from both the private and public sectors. Our aim is to create a vibrant research space to explore the multidimensional economic issues of concern to scholars working on South Asia. Among the issues debated in relation to South Asia are

- the implications of global economic trends;
- the issues and challenges by WTO;
- approaches to industrialization and development;
- the role of regional institutions such as the SAARC;
- the relationship between SAARC and other regional economic groupings such as ASEAN;
- the implications of economic liberalization for trade and investment in the region;
- new initiatives that can be launched to enhance economic cooperation among the South Asian countries both on a bilateral and a regional basis.

Among its regular features are book reviews. Special issues are also published on specific themes.

All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous blind peer-review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by referees. All research notes and book reviews also undergo editorial screening.


Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi, India

Dushni Weerakon, Executive Director of IPS, Sri Lanka


Sabyasachi Saha, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India

Ganga Tilakaratna, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), Colombo, Sri Lanka

South Asia Economic Journal