Snr. Prof. A.S.P. Abhayaratne

Senior Professor in Economics


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  • Anoma Abhayaratne, Senior Professor in Economics, had her primary and secondary education at Mahamaya Girls’ College, Kandy before completing an honours degree in Economics at the University of Peradeniya . She subsequently obtained her MPhil from PGIA, University of Peradeniya and her MA and PhD from Essex University, UK. She served as the Head, Department of Economics and Statistics from 2006-2009 before assuming duties as the Dean, Faculty of Arts on 1st August 2009.
Educational Qualifications
  • Ph.D. : Essex
  • M.Phil. : Peradeniya
  • M.A. : Essex
  • B.A. : Peradeniya
Appointments (Selected)
  • Head, Department of Economics & Statistics, 2006-2009
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts, 2009-2011
Visiting Appointments
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Essex, Oct 2004-April 2006
  • Visiting Fellow, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Oct 2003-July 2004
Memberships & Awards
  • Member, Sri Lanka Economic Association.
  • Commonwealth Fellowship” by the Commonwealth scholarship Commission in the UK in 2005; Asia Fellowship by the Asia Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand in 2003; Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK in 1992; British Technical Co-operation Award by the British Council, UK in 1987, P D Khan Gold Medal by the University of Peradeniya for the most outstanding performance in BA in Economics in 1983; University Scholarship and M F Khan Prize by the University of Peradeniya for the best results at the first year results at the Faculty of Arts in 1980.
Keynote / Invited Papers
  • “Managing Your Profession”. Keynote Address at the Residential Workshop of Academy for Administrative Professionals Kandy, 18th November 2011.
Research Interests
  • Issues of Development in Developing Countries
Research Publications (Selected)

  • Mathematics for Economics and Business Studies (in Sinhala), (2009), Sarasavi Publishers, Nugegoda, ISBN 978-955-573-781-4.

  • Journal Articles

  • Poverty Impact of Trade Liberalization in Sri Lanka: An Overview, Peradeniya Journal of Economics, 2009, Vol 2 No 1.
  • Economic Policy and Poverty Alleviation: Malaysian Experience, 2008, Sambavana, Vol. 4, No. 1, p61-84.
  • Social Welfare and Economic Growth in Sri Lanka, Sambhavana, 2009, Vol 5, No. 1 (co-author: Wasana Kalansooriya).
  • Foreign Trade and Economic Growth Evidence from Sri Lanka, 1960-1992, Applied Economic Letters, Vol 3, Sept 1996, 567-571.
  • Rural Poverty in Sri Lanka: Main Characteristics and Causes, 2001, Sambavana, 2001, Vol. 2, No. 1, p42-54.
  • Trade and Growth: A Survey of the Endogenous Growth Theories, Modern Sri Lanka Studies, 2007, Vol 2 No 1.
  • Growth, Poverty and Inequality : Recent Trends in Sri Lanka, 2001, Samajeeyaa Vidya Vimarshana, Vol 1, No 2 (written in Sinhala), co-author: Dileni Gunewardene

  • Conference Presentations

  • Foreign Direct Investment for Growth and Equity in Sri Lanka - Challenges, Risks, Opportunities”. Presented at the Open Forum of the Sri Lanka Economic Association, Colombo 24th May 2011.
  • Prospects for and Risks in FDI and Portfolio Flows”. Presented at the Annual Sessions 2011, Sri Lanka Economic Association, Colombo 24-25th Oct 2011 (jointly with T.N. Vidanage)
  • Right Livelihood in Early Buddhism: Is this Possible in the Modern World”, (2010), A paper presented at the International seminar on early Buddhism, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Foreign Aid on Long Run Economic growth in Sri Lanka, 2006, A paper presented at UNU-WIDER Conference on Aid: Principles, Policies and Performance, 16-17, June 2006, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Budgetary Allocations in a Gender Perspective: Government Budget 2008, , 2007, A paper presented at a seminar organized by the Pathfinder Foundation, Colombo. Co-authour:Anada Jayawickrama.
  • Economic Growth and Human Capital Investments in Sri Lanka, 2007, Proceedings, Perradeniya University Research Sessions, 2007 . Co-author: K. M. G. A. Kasturi.

  • Book Chapters

  • Role of Foreign Aid in Achieving Sustainable Development in Sri Lanka, (2010) in Economic and Environmental Sustainability of the Asian Region, Sucha Singh Gill, Lakhwinder Singh and Reena Marwah (eds), Routledge, New Delhi, p 203-25.
  • An Overview of Social Welfare Provisioning after 1977” in Kelegama, S. and D. Gunewardena (eds.) Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka, Buddhadasa Hewavitharana Felicitation Volume 2, 337-366, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications (jointly with C.R. Abayasekara)
  • Trapped in Poverty: Plantation workers in Sri Lanka (2008) Ethnographic Discourse of the other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues, Mohanty, P., Malik, R. C. and Kasi, E. (eds), Cambridge Scholars Publishers, UK. P 234-246 Co-author: S. Rajendran.
  • Effectiveness of Foreign Aid in Economic Development, (2008), in Dayaratne Banda O. G., Jayawickrama, J.M.A., Abhayaratne, A.S.P and Ranatilaka, M.B. (eds), Sri Lankan Economy: Liberalisation and Development, Pathfinder Foundation, Colombo. Co-authou: K. M. G. A. Kasturi
  • The Impact of Foreign Aid on Long Run Economic growth of Sri Lanka: An Econometric Study, in Lakshman, W. D. and Ratnayake, P. (eds), 2007, “Mobilizing Money, People and Resources for Economic Development’, The Economic Association of Saga University, Japan. P. 121-46. Co-author: Wasantha Athukorala
  • Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction: lessons from the Malaysian Experience, 2004, in Marwah R. (editor), ‘Comparative Perspectives on Asian Development: A View from South Asia, New Delhi, p27-39.
  • Patterns of Contraceptive Use of Women in a Rural Setting of Sri Lanka in R F Peters and J A Lewis (eds.) Social Sciences and Health in Sri Lanka, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, 1991, 116 – 134.
  • Factors Influencing Reproductive Choices of Women in a Rural Area of Sri Lanka in K. T Silva, H A Aponso and R F Peters (eds.), Feedback from health and social science research in Sri Lanka’, University

  • Unpublished Thesis

  • International Trade and Economic Growth in Developing Countries: An Empirical Analysis, PhD Thesis, Unpublished, 1998.
  • Cointegration and Causality: An Application to the Relationship Between Exports and Economic Growth Sri Lanka, MA Thesis, Unpublished 1993.
  • Labour Force Participation and Fertility of Women in an Agrarian Community of Sri Lanka, MPhil Thesis, Unpublished, 1992.

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