Mariza Cooray

Research Fellow, Indo-Pacific Development Centre
Areas of expertise

Public finance, debt management and crisis, poverty and inequality, growth and emerging markets

Mariza Cooray
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Mariza Cooray is a Research Fellow and senior economist in the Lowy Institute's Indo-Pacific Development Centre. She has a decade of experience living and working in the Pacific and Indonesia for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the Asian Development Bank. She has also worked as a Country Economist for the World Bank in Sri Lanka and began her career in international development in Sri Lanka. Her research interests include public finance, debt management and crisis, poverty and inequality, growth and emerging markets.

Mariza has postgraduate qualifications in Mathematics from the Australian National University, a Master of Science in Development Economics from the London School of Economics where she was an LSE PJD Wiles Scholar, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wilson College in Pennsylvania in the United States. She speaks Sinhalese and Spanish and understands Mandarin.

The G20’s approach to debt has failed
Commentary
The G20’s approach to debt has failed
Originally published on ChannelNews Asia
The G20’s approach on debt has failed
The G20’s approach on debt has failed
The “Common Framework” shows the perils of announcing solutions before governments have them.
Sri Lanka’s deep debt bind
Sri Lanka’s deep debt bind
Imposing losses on domestic creditors essentially imposes losses on the country itself.
Scrapping IMF surcharges is key to cutting debt burden on distressed nations
Commentary
Scrapping IMF surcharges is key to cutting debt burden on distressed nations
Originally published in MDB Reform Accelerator
Scrapping IMF surcharges is key to cutting debt burden on distressed nations
Scrapping IMF surcharges is key to cutting debt burden on distressed nations
The economic logic of charging beyond lending rates doesn’t add up and also undermines the Fund’s legitimacy.
Sri Lanka's deep debt bind
Commentary
Sri Lanka's deep debt bind
Originally published in Daily FT (Sri Lanka)
What price will Laos need to pay to be saved, and will China pay it?
What price will Laos need to pay to be saved, and will China pay it?
The debt-burdened Southeast Asian nation offers China a chance to recast its reputation.
Confronting the mounting human costs of Sri Lanka’s debt spiral
Confronting the mounting human costs of Sri Lanka’s debt spiral
More than just urgent debt relief, the country also needs help addressing a humanitarian crisis.
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