Dr. P.P.A.W. Athukorala

Senior Lecturer II

 

Email awasa@pdn.ac.lk / wathukorala@yahoo.com
Tel + 94 (0)776862021 / +94 (0)81 239 2622
     
Biography
  • My long-term aim is to continue teaching at university level. My experience of teaching and research at the University of Peradeniya, Queensland University of Technology and the Institute of Policy Studies has reinforced this aim. In addition, it has demonstrated that I have the requisite qualities, academic and social, for this level of teaching and research. I believe that completing PhD and M.Phil as well as a number of short courses in different universities in the world has given me a sound knowledge on undertaking some theoretical and empirical research in the future.
 
Educational Qualifications
  • Ph.D. : QUT
  • M.Phil. : Peradeniya
  • B.A. : Peradeniya
 
Appointments (Selected)
  • 2008-to date : Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • 2009-2011: Teaching Assistant (Tutor), School of Economics and Finance, QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
  • 2010-2011: Research Assistant, School of Economics and Finance, QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
  • 2003-2008: Lecturer, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • 2002-2003: Researcher, Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka.
  • 2000-2002: Lecturer (Temporary), Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
 
Visiting Appointments
  • Visiting Lecturer PGIA, University of Peradeniya
  • Visiting Lecturer PGIHS, University of Peradeniya
 
Memberships & Awards
  • -
 
Research Interests
  • Environment Valuation
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Choice Experiment
  • Agricultural Economics
 
Research Publications

    Journal Articles (Published)

  • Athukorala,  W., Wilson, C. and T. Robinson. (2016). Distributional impacts of irrigation induced agricultural development in a semi-subsistence economy: New evidence. Environmental Economics and Policy Studie, Vol. XXX
  • Athukorala,  W., Martin, W., Neelawala,P., Rajapaksa, D and C. Wilson. (2015). Impact of Wildfires and Floods on Property Values: A before and after Analysis. The Singapore Economic Review, Vol. XXX.
  • Athukorala, W. (2015). Education, Attitudes and Agricultural Biodiversity: An Application of Randomised Control Method. Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research, 3(1): 115-132.
  • Athukorala, W. (2014). How to Estimate the Benefits of Irrigation Induced Agricultural Development: A Note on Methodological Development. Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research, 2(2): 111-134.
  • Athukorala, W. (2013). Health Benefits and Industrial Air Pollution: A Comparison between People’s Willingness to Accept and the Opportunity Cost of Health Risk. Sri LankanJournal of Agricultural Economics, 13 and 14 (1): 17-42.
  • Wilson, C., Athukorala, W., Garcia-Valiñas, M. A., Torgler B. and R. Gifford. (2013). Non-discretionary residential water uses: the impact of habits and water-efficient technologies. The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 57:1-22.
  • Athukorala , W., Wilson, C. and T. Robinson. (2012). Determinants of health costs due to farmers’ exposure to pesticides: an empirical analysis. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 63(1):158-174.
  • Neelawela ,P.,  Wilson, C. and W. Athukorala. (2012).The impact of mining and smelting activities on house prices: a study of Mount Isa city, Queensland, Australia. The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 57:1-19
  • Athukorala, W.  and C. Wilson. (2012). Groundwater overuse and farm-level technical inefficiency: evidence from Sri Lanka. Hydrogeology Journal, 20(5): 893-905.
  • Athukorala, W. and C. Wilson. (2010). Estimating short and long-term residential demand for electricity: New evidence from Sri Lanka. Energy Economics, 32(1):S34-40.
  • Athukorala, W., Neelawela,P., Wilson, C., Miller, E., Sahama, T., Grace, P., Hefferan, M., Dissanayake, P. and O. Manawadu. (2010). Forecasting populating changes and service requirements in the regions: A study of two regional councils in Queensland, Australia. Economic Analysis and Policy, 40(3):327-350.
  • Athukorala, W.,  Gunatilake, H. M., Dharmasena, S., Gunaratne, L. H. P. and J. Weerahewa. (2009). Estimation of household demand for electricity in Sri Lanka: a cointegration analysis. Journal of Resources, Energy, and Development, 6(2):51-66.
  • Athukorala, W. (2007). Groundwater extraction externalities: adopting the right approach. The Peradeniya Journal of Economics, 1(1):59-74
  • Athukorala, W. and K.M.R. Karunarathna. (2004). The Impact of foreign direct investments on economic growth: evidence from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Economic Journal, 5(2): 97-134.

  • Books

  • Athukorala, W. and K. M. R. Karunarathna. (2007). Principles of Micro Economics (Sinhala) – Second Edition, Ariya Printers, Warakapola, Sri Lanka. Approximately 3000 copies sold.

  • Athukorala, W. and K. M. R. Karunarathne. (2005). Principles of Micro Economics (Sinhala)- First Edition, Dharsana Offset Printers, Kandy, Sri Lanka. 2000 copies sold.


  • Book Chapters

  • Athukorala, W., Hoang, V. and C. Wilson. (2014). Impact of Agricultural Chemicals on the Environment and Human Health in Asia: Are there solutions?  In Managi. S (ed). Handbook of Environmental Economics in Asia : Taylor & Francis.

  • Wilson, C., Jayamanna, M.andW. Athukorala. (2012). Why do policy decision-makers opt for command and control environmental regulations? an economic analysis with special reference to Sri Lanka, in Kelegama, S. and D. Gunewardena (ed.) Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka, Buddhadasa Hewavitharana Felicitation Volume 2, pp. 282-303, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications.

  • Athukorala, W. and C. Wilson. (2011).  Demand for electricity: evidence of cointegration and causality from Sri Lanka inAcosta, M.J. (ed.). Advances in Energy Research. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 199-212.

  • Abhayaratne, A. and W. Athukorala. (2005). The impact of foreign aid on long run economic growth in Sri Lanka: an econometric study, Faculty of Economics, SAGA University, pp. 171-197.

  • Knight-Johe, M. and W. Athukorala. (2005). Rethinking privatisation in Sri Lanka: distribution and governance. In: Nellis, John and Nancy Birdsall (Eds.). Reality Check: Assessing the Distributional Impact of Privatisation, Centre for Global Development: Washington, DC. pp. 389-426.

  • Knight-John, M., Athukorala, W., Perumal, A., Rupasinghe, P.W. and A. Gunatilake. (2003). Cross-border competition: implication for Sri Lanka, case studies of pharmaceutical, cement markets and shipping lines sector, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), pp. 10-20.


  • Book Review

  • Athukorala, W. (2010). Carbon sinks and climate change: forests in the fight against global warming. Economic Analysis and Policy, 40(2):275-278.

    Other Publications

  • Athukorala , W., Wilson, C. and T. Robinson. (2012). Determinants of health costs due to farmers’ exposure to pesticides: an empirical analysis. School of Economics and Finance Discussion and Working Paper Series, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

  • Athukorala, W.  and C. Wilson. (2012). Groundwater overuse and farm-level technical inefficiency: evidence from Sri Lanka. School of Economics and Finance Discussion and Working Paper Series, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

  • Athukorala, W.  and C. Wilson. (2010). Demand for electricity: evidence of cointegration and causality from Sri Lanka. School of Economics and Finance Discussion and Working Paper Series, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

  • Athukorala, W.  and C. Wilson. (2010). Estimating short and long-term residential demand for electricity: New evidence from Sri Lanka. School of Economics and Finance Discussion and Working Paper Series, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

  • Athukorala, W. (2003). Solid Waste Management in Sri Lanka, Economic Review, Research Division,  People’s Bank, Sri Lanka:  pp 28 -32.

    Papers submitted

  • Pesticide use in agriculture and its impact on farm level inefficiency: evidence from Sri Lanka. American Journal of Agricultural Economics (jointly with Wilson, C. and T. Robinson)

 
Other Credentials
    International conferences/paper presentations

  • Impact of wildfires and floods on property values: a before and after analysis. This paper will be presented at the at the Western Economic Association 11th International Conference in Wellington, New Zealand, January 8-11, 2015 (jointly with Martin, W., Neelawala, P., Rajapakse, D and C. Wilson).

  • Impact of wildfires on property values: a before and after analysis. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 87th Annual Conference, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, USA, June 29-July 3, 2012 (jointly with Martin, W. and C. Wilson).

  • Valuing bushfire risk using a spatial hedonic property value method. Presented at the 3rd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference, Seattle, Washington, April 17-19 2012 (jointly with Martin, W and C. Wilson).

  • Non-discretionary residential water uses: the impact of habits and water-efficient technologies. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with Garcia-Valiñas, M. A., Torgler, B. and C. Wilson).

  • The presence of Koalas in neighbourhoods and property values: a hedonic property values study. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with Wilson, C. and D. Carter).

  • Factors influencing residents’ willingness to pay to ensure continuous water supply with minimum restrictions. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with Wilson, C. Gifford, R., Torgler, B. and M. A. Garcia-Valiñas).

  • Long term welfare losses due to groundwater extraction for agriculture: Evidence from Sri Lanka. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with C. Wilson).

  • Effectiveness of uniform pricing vs. increasing block rate pricing on urban water demand. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with Ratnasiri, S., Wilson, C., Gifford, R., Torgler, B. and M.A. Garcia-Valiñas).

  • Natural disasters and their varying impact on residential property values. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with C. Wilson, C. and W. Martin).

  • Do residents in bushfire prone areas heed warnings? A hedonic property value study. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with C. Wilson and W. Martin).

  • Residential demand for electricity: an Australian perspective. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with Harris, J. and C. Wilson).

  • Forecasting populating changes and service requirements in the regions: A study of two regional councils in Queensland, Australia. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with Neelawela, P., Wilson, C., Miller, E., Sahama, T., Grace, P., Hefferan, M., Dissanayake, P. and O. Manawadu).

  • Pesticide use in agriculture and its impact on farm level inefficiency: evidence from Sri Lanka. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with Wilson, C. and T. Robinson).

  • Health benefits of reducing industrial air pollution: A comparison of willingness to accept compensation and cost of illness estimates. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with C. Wilson).

  • Impact of mining activities on property values. Presented at the Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011 (jointly with Neelawela, P. and C. Wilson).

  • Estimating residential demand for electricity: application of co-integration and causality approaches. Paper presented at the 39th Australian Conference of Economists in Sydney: September 27-29, 2010 (jointly with C. Wilson).

  • Distribution of benefits of irrigation induced technological changes and commodity markets: New evidence. Paper presented at the 85th Annual Conference of WEAI in Portland, Oregon, USA: June 29 – July, 3 2010 (jointly with Robinson, T. and C. Wilson).

  • Determinants of health costs due to farmers’ exposure to pesticides: An empirical analysis. Paper presented at the 85th Annual Conference of WEAI in Portland, Oregon, USA: June 29 – July, 3 2010. (jointly with Wilson, C. and T. Robinson).

  • Accounting for groundwater quantity depletion and quality deterioration externalities simultaneously: theory and empirical evidence. Paper presented at the PhD Conference in Economics and Business, The University of Western Australia: November 4 – 6, 2009.

  • Groundwater extraction externalities: accounting for quantity depletion and quality deterioration simultaneously. Paper presented at the 37th Australian Conference of Economists held on the Gold Coast from 30 Sept - 3 Oct, 2008 (jointly with C. Wilson).

  • Nature-based tourism in lesser known species and their importance for conservation, paper presented at the 37th Australian Conference of Economists held on the Gold Coast from 30 Sept -3 Oct, 2008 (jointly with Wilson, C. and C. Tisdell).

    Other Presentations/publications

  • Determinants of health costs due to farmer’s exposure to pesticides: An empirical analysis. Paper presented at the Research Students’ Colloquium, Faculty of Business, Queensland University of Technology: October 1, 2010.

  • Irrigation development, technological transfer and commodity markets: An analysis of the magnitude, sensitivity and distribution of the benefits in the long run. Paper presented at the Research Students’ Colloquium, Faculty of Business, Queensland University of Technology: October 2, 2009.

  • Groundwater extraction externalities: Accounting for quantity depletion and quality deterioration simultaneously. Paper presented at the Research Students’ Colloquium, Faculty of Business, Queensland University of Technology: October 3, 2008.

  • The impact of foreign direct investment for economic growth: a case study in Sri Lanka. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies (ICSLS), University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, November 28-30, 2003. 

  • The impact of FDI and trade liberalisation on the long run economic growth in Sri Lanka.  Paper presented at the Annual Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, October 23, 2003.

  • Profitability and comparative advantage of the rice growing sector in Sri Lanka. Paper presented at the Annual Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, November 15, 2001.

    Chairing and Organizing international research sessions

  • Sri Lanka Economics Research Conference (SLERC), 2nd International conference of Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists - Chairperson of the SLERC: December 14- 15, 2013.

  • Electricity Markets. 39th Australian Conference of Economists in Sydney: September 27-29, 2010.

  • Studies Involving Environmental Valuation Techniques. Western Economic Association International's 9th. Biennial Pacific Rim QUT, Brisbane, April 26-29 2011.

    International Workshops and Short Courses

  • Successfully attended the 27th  Biannual Research and Training Workshop. The Druk Hotel, Thimpu, Bhutan: June 16-20,2014 (organized by SANDEE).

  • Successfully completed Winter School in Research Methods. Kathmandu, Nepal: March 02 - March 14, 2014 (organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics - SANDEE, Kathmandu, Nepal).

  • Successfully attended the 27th  Biannual Research and Training Workshop. The Gokarna Forest Resort, Kathmandu, Nepal: December 10-14, 2013 (organized by SANDEE).

  • Successfully completed a short course on Experimental Design for Savings and Payment Research: South Asia, organized by the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action and Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka: September 10 – 13, 2012.

  • Successfully completed a short course on Firms and Household Enterprises in Developing Countries, organised by Prof Chris Woodruff and Dr Anandi Mani from the Institute of Advanced Studies, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK: July 12-16, 2010.

  • Successfully completed a short course on Topics in Microeconometrics with Prof. William Greene, The University of Queensland, Australia: July 7, 8 and 9, 2010.

  • Successfully completed a short course on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis with Prof. Chris O’Donnell, The University of Queensland, Australia: September 29 - October 1, 2009.

  • Successfully completed a course on Regression Analysis with Discrete and Censored Dependent Variables Using Stata with Prof. Colin Cameron, The University of Queensland, Australia: July 22, 23 and 24, 2009.

  • Successfully completed two day Workshop on Behavioural Economics Delivered by Prof. Ian McDonald, University of Sydney, Australia: December 4 - 5, 2008.

  • Successfully completed a Ph.D. short course in Environmental Economics and Policy Making,  Department of Economics, Göteborg University,  Sweden: March 29 – May 3,  2005. 

  • Successfully completed a Ph.D. short course in Natural Resources Economics. Department of Economics, Göteborg University, Sweden: February 21 - March 24, 2005.

  • Successfully completed a short course in Environmental and Resource Economics. Chiang Mai, Thailand: March 29 – April 22, 2004(Organised by EEPSEA, Singapore).

  • Successfully completed a short course in Environmental Economics and Resource Economics. Colombo, Sri Lanka: June 17 - July 5, 2004 (Organised by SANDEE, Kathmandu, Nepal).

    Other Responsibilities

  • Editor of the Sri Lanka Journal of Economics  Research, 2014
  • Coordinator of Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists, 2012-2015

  • Coordinator of the Faculty IT Committee, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka: 2013-2015

  • Faculty Coordinator of the University Web Committee, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka: 2014  -2015

  • Cordinator, Master of Development Practice, University of Peradeniya: 2015

  • Warden of the New Akbar Hall, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka: 2013-2015

    Ongoing Research

  • Valuation of crop genetic resources: Farmer preferences for Banana diversity and genetically modified Banana in Sri Lanka (SANDEE - PI: Wasantha Athukorala).

  • Rental prices of office blocks: Does city  image matter? (PI: Wasantha Athukorala).

  • Urban electricity consumption: how much can we save (PI: Wasantha Athukorala).

  • Hospitalization due to pesticides use among Vegetable Farmers (PI: Wasantha Athukorala).

 
Consultancy Reports
  • Socio-economic implications of climate change with regard to forests and forest management. Contribution of work package 3 to the forest vulnerability assessment. Technical Report. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF),Gold Coast, Australia.
 

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