Prof. D.N.B. Gunewardena

Professor of Economics

 

Email dilenig@pdn.ac.lk, dilenigun@yahoo.com
Tel +94 (0)81 239 2638, +94 (0)81 239 2622 (Office)
     
Biography
  • Dileni Gunewardena holds a doctorate in Economics from American University, Washington, D.C and a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, where she is Professor of Economics (Chair). Her research is mainly in Development Microeconomics and includes empirical analyses relating to poverty measurement, child nutrition, gender wage inequality and ethnic inequality. She has contributed to several World Bank poverty profiles on Sri Lanka as well as to the first National Human Development Report on Sri Lanka and reports on progress toward the Millennium Development Goals in Sri Lanka. She has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank. She has taught short courses for the World Bank Institute’s South Asia Region Workshops. She has twice received awards for her research at the Global Development Network (GDN) Annual Conferences. She is the author of a book on Poverty Measurement,_ _several chapters in books, and numerous journal articles. She has been a Fulbright Research Scholar to the University of California-Riverside and a visiting scholar at the University of Warwick. She played a leading role in obtaining a MacArthur Foundation grant for the Dept. of Economics to launch a globally affiliated Master of Development Practice Degree, which she now coordinates.
 
Educational Qualifications
  • Ph.D. : American
  • M.A. : American
  • B.A. : Peradeniya
 
Positions Held (Selected)
  • Resource Person, Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network, June 2012 to date http://www.pep-net.org/people/resource-persons/
  • Project Coordinator, Capacity Building Project, Master of Development Practice (continuation of appointment from September 2009)
  • Coordinator, Master of Development Practice Programme, Department of Economics and Statistics, 2011- to date http://globalmdp.org/network/university-peradeniya
  • Editor, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, 2004-2005
 
Visiting Appointments
  • Fulbright Research Scholar, University of California-Riverside,U.S.A. March-August 2008
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Warwick, U.K. April-May 2006
 
Memberships & Awards
  • Global Development Network: Award for Best Research on “Escaping Poverty”, 2000, http://cloud2.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=competition_details&competition_id=1
  • Global Development Network: Award for second prize for Best Research on “Women’s Rights, Security and Development: Challenges and Opportunities”, 2007, http://cloud2.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=competition_details&competition_id=9
  • Fulbright Research Scholar Award, 2008 http://www.cies.org/schlr_directories/vsdir07/Econ17.htm
  • American University: Simon Naidel Award for Best Student in Economic Theory, 1995; Dissertation Fellowship Award, 1994; Graduate Fellowship Merit Award, 1991-1993; Hurst Scholar Award, 1991-1993
  • University of Peradeniya: University Scholarship of Highest Marks in Final Examination, 1990; M.F. Khan Prize for Best Student at G.A.Q. Examination, 1985; Pettah Library Prize for Best Student in English at G.A.Q. Examination, 1985
  • Member, Centre for Poverty Analysis, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2008 to date http://www.cepa.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=131&Itemid=101
  • Member, Programme (Scientific Committee), Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network, 2008-2012
  • Member, Sri Lanka Economic Association
 
Research Interests
  • Development Microeconomics
  • Poverty & Inequality
  • Gender Economics
  • Labour Economics
 
Invited Papers and Presentations
  • "Child Growth and Nutrition in Sri Lanka". Paper presented at CIRPEE's Mini Conference on Development, Quebec City, Canada. April 29-30, 2011. http://www.pep-net.org/communications/international-conferences/news/article/presentations_of_pep_researchers_at_an_international_conference_in_quebec_city
  • “Growth and Poverty Dynamics”. Presentation at ARTNet-PEP Policy Forum on Trade, Investment and Domestic Policy Coherence for Inclusive Growth, December 9, 2008. http://www.pep-net.org/fileadmin/medias/pdf/files_events/Dileni_Gunewardena.ppt
  • "Urban Poverty in South Asia". Presentation at “Poverty Reduction and Social Progress: New Trends and Emerging Lessons” World Bank/BIDS South Asia Regional Consultation on WDR 2000/1. Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 1999, http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTPOVERTY/Resources/WDR/dhaka/gunewardena.pdf
  • “Inequality in Sri Lanka: Key Trends and Policy Response”. Country Paper on Sri Lanka at the Policy Dialogues and Inequality Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 2008. http://cop.mdgasiapacific.org/page/policy-dialogues-on-inequality
 
Research Publications
    Books (Authored)

  • Poverty Measurement: Meanings, Methods and Requirements, Colombo, Centre for Poverty Analysis, 2004.
  • Improving Poverty Measurement in Sri Lanka, Colombo, Centre for Poverty Analysis, 2005. ISBN 955-1040-28-7.
  • Consumption Poverty in Sri Lanka 1985-2002, Colombo, Centre for Poverty Analysis, 2007. ISBN 978-955- 1040-39-0.
  • Absolute and Relative Poverty in Sri Lanka: Evidence from the Consumer Finance Survey 2003/04, Colombo, Centre for Poverty Analysis, 2007. ISBN 978-955- 1040-41-3. Co-authored with Arunika Meedeniya and Shivapragasam Shivakumaran.

  • Books (Edited)

  • Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka, Buddhadasa Hewavitharana Felicitation Volume 2, 337-366, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications, 2012. Vols. I and II. Co-edited with Saman Kelegama. ISBN 978-955-665-150-8 and ISBN 978-955-665-151-5

  • Journal Articles

  • "Reducing the Gender Wage Gap in Sri Lanka: Is Education Enough? " Sri Lanka Economic Journal, vol 3, 2 (2003): 177-207.
  • "Sources of Ethnic Inequality in Viet Nam" (co-authored with Dominique van de Walle), Journal of Development Economics, vol 65 (2001): 177-207.
  • “Does Ignoring Heterogeneity in Impacts Distort Project Appraisals? An Experiment for Irrigation in Vietnam” (co-authored with Dominque van de Walle), World Bank Economic Review vol 15 (2001): 141-164.
  • Growth, Poverty and Inequality : Recent Trends in Sri Lanka, 2001, Samajeeyaa Vidya Vimarshana, Vol 1, No 2 (written in Sinhala). Co-authored with Anoma Abhayaratne
  • "Some Aspects of Poverty in Sri Lanka: 1985 - 1990" (co-authored with Gaurav Datt). Sri Lanka Economic Journal (September 1995).

  • Book Chapters

  • “Spatial Inequality” 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, 2012. (Co-authored with Thusitha Kumara)
  • “Determinants of Child Weight and Height in Sri Lanka: A Quantile Regression Approach” in Indrani Dutta, David Lawson and Mark McGillivray (eds.), Health, Inequality and Development, Palgrave, Houndsmill, Basingstoke and United Nations University. 2011. (Co-authored with Harsha Aturupane and Anil Deolalikar)
  • “An Analysis of Gender and Ethnic Wage Differentials among Youth in Sri Lanka” in Ramani Gunatilaka, Marcus Meyer and Milan Vodopivec (eds.) The Challenge of Youth Employment in Sri Lanka. World Bank, Washington, D.C. 2010.
  • “Exploring Gender Wage Gaps in Sri Lanka: A Quantile Regression Approach” in Ravi Kanbur and Jan Svejnar (eds.), Labour Markets and Economic Development, Routledge Studies in Development Economics, Routledge, London. 2009. (Co-authored with Darshi Abeyrathna, Amalie Ellagala, Kamani Rajakaruna and Shobana Rajendran)
  • "Labour Market, Informal Economy and Earnings during Rapid Economic Growth: The Case of Ho Chi Minh City" in Hy V. Luong, (ed.) Urbanization, Migration and Poverty in Ho Chi Minh City: A Vietnamese Metropolis in Comparative Perspective. National University of Singapore Press. Forthcoming 2009. (Co-authored with Hy V. Luong).
  • “Trends in gender wage differentials and the effect of occupational segregation.” In O.G. Dayaratne et. al. Sri Lanka Aarthikaya Nirbadhikaranaya ha Sanvardhanaya. Co-authored with A.A.S. Priyadarshanie
  • "Women in the professions" in Kiribamune, Sirima, ed., Reconciliation of roles: women, work and family in Sri Lanka. I.C.E.S., Sri Lanka Studies Series No. 3. New Delhi: Navrang Publishers, 1992.

  • ARCHIVED WORKING PAPERS

  • The Determinants of Child Weight and Height in Sri Lanka: A Quantile Regression Approach. UNU-WIDER Research Paper RP2008/53. 2008. http://www.wider.unu.edu/publications/working-papers/research-papers/2008/en_GB/rp2008-53/
  • Glass Ceilings, Sticky Floors or Sticky Doors? A Quantile Regression Approach to Exploring Gender Wage Gaps in Sri Lanka. Co-authored with Shobana Rajendran, Darshi Abeyrathna, Kamani Rajakaruna and Amalie Ellagala. PEP PMMA Working Paper 2008-04. http://portal.pep-net.org/documents/download/id/13535
  • Sources of Ethnic Inequality in Vietnam. Policy Research Working Paper Series no. 2297, World Bank. March 2000. Co-authored with Dominique van de Walle. http://go.worldbank.org/C3549K17H1
  • How dirty are quick and dirty methods of project appraisal? Policy Research Working Paper Series no. 1908. World Bank, April 1998. http://go.worldbank.org/C3549K17H1
  • Some Aspects of Poverty in Sri Lanka: 1985-1990. Policy Research Working Paper Series no. 1738. World Bank, March 1997. Co-authored with Gaurav Datt. http://go.worldbank.org/13W7062GE0

  • Conference Presentations

  • “Glass Ceilings, Sticky Floors or Sticky Doors? A Quantile Regression Approach to Exploring Gender Wage Gaps in Sri Lanka” Presented at the Eighth Annual Global Development Medals and Awards Competition, GDN, Brisbane, January 30, 2008. Co-authored with Shobana Rajendran, Darshi Abeyrathna, Kamani Rajakaruna and Amalie Ellagala. http://cloud2.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=document_download&document_id=13906
  • “Are there disparities in ethnicity by wages in Sri Lanka and why?” in Prashan Thalaysingham and Kannan Arunasalam, Does Inequality Matter? Exploring the Links Between Poverty and Inequality 7th Annual Research Symposium on Poverty Research, Colombo: Centre for Poverty Analysis. 2007
  • “The Gender Wage Gap in Sri Lanka: A Descriptive Analysis” Paper presented at Sixth annual Cenwor Research Symposium, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in March 2006. Co-authored with Shobana Rajendran, Darshi Abeyrathna, Kamani Rajakaruna and Amalie Ellagala
  • “The Gender Wage Gap in Sri Lanka”, Paper presented at the second meeting of the Gender Network (Phase III), ISST, Jaipur, India, February 1-3, 2006.
  • "Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Measuring Poverty: Issues and Challenges in the Context of Sri Lanka" in Hans Gsanger and Myriam Fernando, ed. Poverty Monitoring in Asia, Selection of Papers from the Regional Conference on Poverty Monitoring in Asia 2004. ISBN 955-1040-97-4
  • "Urban Poverty and the Informal Economy", Paper presented at the Social Science Research Council conference on “Poverty and Socio-Economic Mobility in the Context of Rapid Urbanization” Ho Chi Minh City, February 24-28, 2004.
  • “Sources of Ethnic Inequality in Vietnam”. Presented at the First Annual Global Development Medals and Awards Competition, GDN, Tokyo, December 2000. Co-authored with Dominique van de Walle. http://cloud2.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=document_download&document_id=10659

  • Unpublished Thesis

  • An Analysis of Income Inequality in a Developing Country: Sri Lanka 1985/86 and 1990/91. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Washington, D.C.: The American University, 1996.

  • REPORTS (CONTRIBUTOR)

  • Sri Lanka: Strengthening Social Protection. Report No. 38197-LK. World Bank, Human Development Unit, South Asia. 2007. 

    http://www.ipc-undp.org/publications/cct/asia/Social_Protection_report_Sri_Lanka.pdf
  • Attaining the Millenium Development Goals in Sri Lanka. Report No. 32314-LK. World Bank, Colombo. 2005. http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTSARREGTOPLABSOCPRO/Resources/SriLankaMDGReport.pdf
  • Millennium Development Goals Country Report—Sri Lanka, 2005. Colombo. UNDP-NCED. http://www.undp.lk/Shared%20Documents/Sri%20Lanka%20MDG%20Report%202005.pdf
  • Sri Lanka Poverty Assessment. Report No. 22535-CE. World Bank, Washington, D.C. 2002.

    http://www-wds.worldbank.org/servlet/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2002/08/23/000094946_02080904021260/Rendered/PDF/multi0page.pdf
  • Sri Lanka Poverty Assessment. Report No. 13431-CE. World Bank, Washington, D.C. 1995.
    http://www-wds.worldbank.org/servlet/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/1995/01/11/000009265_3961007013257/Rendered/PDF/multi0page.pdf
 
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