Prof. P.P.A.W. Athukorala

Professor

 

Email awasa@pdn.ac.lk / wathukorala@yahoo.com
Tel + 94 (0)776862021 / +94 (0)81 239 2622
     
Biography
  • Wasantha Athukoala holds a doctorate in Economics from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, a M.Phil and a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, where he is working as a Professor in Economics. His research mainly includes in the field of Environmental Economics, Agricultural Economics and Sustainable Development. He has published more than 30 research papers in well known international journals which include Land Use Policy, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies,Journal of Forest Economics,Sustainable Cities and Society, The Singapore Economic Review, Journal of Agricultural Economics,The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics,Hydrogeology Journal,  Energy Economics,  Economic Analysis and Policy,  Journal of Resources, Energy, and Development and Journal of Smart Economic Growth.He is the co-author of five text books and the author of two text books. He has published 7 book chapters and presented more than 30 research papers in national and international conferences.

 
Educational Qualifications
  • Ph.D. : QUT
  • M.Phil. : Peradeniya
  • B.A. : Peradeniya
 
Appointments (Selected)
  • 2014 -2018: IT coordinator, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
  • 2014 -2018: Faculty Coordinator of Information Technology/Web/M-Learning/ Webomatrics, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
  • 2015-2018: Coordinator, Master of Development Practice Programme, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeniya
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  • 2015-2017:Project Coordinator, Master of Development Practices  Capacity-Building Project: MacAtthur Foundation Grant, University of Peradeniya
  • 2016-2017: Coordinator, Peradeniya International Research Symposium
  • 2014-2016: Resource Person, the National Institute of Education for preparing G.C.E A/L Economics Syllabus as well as  Economics and Resource Book 01
  • 2015-2016: Member of the editorial committee, Evaluation Report of G.C.E A/L 2015 and 2016, Ministry of Education
  • 2014: Editor - in- Chief, Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research
  • 2013: Coordinator of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists (SLFUE)
  • 2002-2003: Researcher, Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka.
 
Visiting Appointments
  • Visiting Fellow, Queensland University of Technology 
  • Visiting Lecturer, PGIHS
  • Visiting Lecturer, PGIA
 
Memberships & Awards
  • 2014: National Research Council (NRC) Merit Award for Scientific Publication
  • 2006: NCAS Awards for PHD at QUT
  • 2012 to date: Member, Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists
 
Research Interests
  • Environmental Economics
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Sustainable Development
 
Research Publications

    Journal Articles (Published)

  • 2019

    Athukorala, W., Lee, B. L., Wilson, C., Fujii, H. and  S. Managi. (2019).   Impact of pesticide exposure on farmers’ health: A farm productivity analysis. Economic Analysis and Policy: Forthcoming.

    2019

    Hein, W., Wilson, C., Lee, B., Rajapaksa, D., Hans de Moel., Athukorala, W. and S. Managi. (2019). Climate change and natural disasters: Government mitigation activities and public property demand response. Land Use Policy, 82: 436–443.

    2018

    Athukorala, W.  and M. Karunarathna.(2018). Environmental Challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Study about the Emerging Environmental Issues in Sri Lanka. Applied Economics & Business. 2(2) 38-51.

    2018

    Rajapaksa, D., Athukorala, W., Managi, S., Neelawala, P., Lee, B., Hoang, V. N., and C. Wilson. (2018). The impact of cell phone towers on house prices: evidence from Brisbane, Australia,  Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 20 (1): 211-224.

    2018

    Karunarathna, M. and W. Athukorala. (2018). The determinants of investment on floods mitigation activities: an empirical investigation in Sri Lanka. Journal of Smart Economic Growth, 3(3): 37-59.

    2018

    Ratnasiri, S., Wilson, C., Athukorala, W., Garcia-Valiñas, M.A., Torgler, B. and R. Gofford. (2017). Effectiveness of two pricing structures on urban water use and conservation: a quasi-experimental investigation. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 20(3): 547–560

    2017

    Athukorala, W., Wilson. C. and S. Managi. (2017). Social Welfare losses from extracting groundwater for small-scale agriculture in Sri Lanka: a major environmental concern,  Journal of Forest Economics, 29(Part A): 47-55.

    2017

    Jayarathna, L., Rajapaksa, D., Managi, S., Athukorala, W., Torgler, B., García-Valiñas, M. and R. Gifford. (2017). A GIS based spatial decision support system for analysing residential water demand: a case study in Australia, Sustainable Cities and Society,32:67-77.

    2017

    Athukorala, W., Karunarathna, M. and Ranatilaka. (2017). Effectiveness of Education and Monitoring Programs on Improving Technical Efficiency in Rice Production: An Application of a Randomized Control Trial. . Sri LankanJournal of Agricultural Economics: 18(1): 35-34.

    2016

    Athukorala,  W. and C. Wilson. (2016). Distributional impacts of irrigation induced agricultural development in a semi-subsistence economy: New evidence. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 19(1): 59-75.

    2016

    Warnakulasooriya, H. U. and W. Athukorala.(2016). Productive efficiency of rice farming under rain-fed conditions in  Gampaha and Kalutara Districts of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Food and Agriculture, 2(1): 51-64.

    2016

    Athukorala,  W. (2016). Identifying the role of agricultural extension services in improving technical efficiency in the Paddy farming sector in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research, 4(2): 63-77

    2015

    Athukorala, W. and M. Karunarathna. (2015). Application of Choice Experiment: Basic Steps. Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research, 3(2): 32-54.

    2015

    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, 61(1):1-22.

    2015

    Athukorala, W. (2015). Education, Attitudes and Agricultural Biodiversity: An Application of Randomised Control Method. Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research, 3(1): 29-64.

    2015

    Warnakulasooriya H. U. and W. Athukorala. (2015). Technical and allocative efficiency of rice farming under irrigation in major rice growing districts of Sri Lanka, Tropical Agriculturist, 163: 76-89.

    2014

    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.

    2013

    Garcia-Valiñas, Athukorala, W., M. A., Wilson, C., 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, 58:185-204

    2013

    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.

    2012

    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.

    2012

    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.

    2012

    Athukorala, W.  and C. Wilson. (2012). Groundwater overuse and farm-level technical inefficiency: evidence from Sri Lanka. Hydrogeology Journal, 20(5): 893-905.

    2010

    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.

    2010

    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.

    2010

    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.

    2007

    Athukorala, W. (2007). Groundwater extraction externalities: adopting the right approach. The Peradeniya Journal of Economics, 1(1):59-74.

    2004

    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

  • 2019

    Mathematics for Social Sciences and Humanities (Sinhala) - Sanduni Offset Printers (Pvt) Ltd. Peradeniya.

    2019

    Behavior of Marker, Consumer and Producer (Sinhala)- Godage Printers, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    2016

    Principles of Macroeconomics (Sinhala) - Vidyalankara Printers, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka - ISBN: 978-955-43677-0-8

    2016

    Micro Economics (Sinhala) - Godage Printers, Colombo, Sri Lanka - ISBN: 978-955-30-6703-6

    2007

    Principles of Micro Economics (Sinhala) – Second Edition, Ariya Printers, Warakapola, Sri Lanka- ISBN: 955-553-544-1

    2005

    Principles of Micro Economics (Sinhala)- First Edition, Dharsana Offset Printers, Kandy, Sri Lanka - ISBN: 955-99489-0-3

    2003

    Cross-border Competition: Implication for Sri Lanka. Institute of Policy Studies (IPS): Colombo - ISBN:955-8708-23-2


  • Book Chapters

    2018

    Impact of Natural Disasters on Residential Property Values: Evidence from Australia, In: Q. Euston (Ed.), Economics of Natural Disasters, World Science. pp. 147-179. https://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/9789814723237_0006

    2015

    Impact of Agricultural Chemicals on the Environment and Human Health in Asia: Are there Solutions?, S. Managi (Ed.), Handbook of Environmental Economics in Asia (pp. 321-348), Taylor & Francis Books, UK.

    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.

    2011

    Demand for electricity: evidence of cointegration and causality from Sri Lanka in Acosta, M.J. (ed.). Advances in Energy Research. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 199-212.

    2005

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


    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

  • 2017

    Conservation of Genetic Resources of Crops: Farmer Preferences for Banana Diversity in Sri Lanka. Working Paper Series No. 115-17:  South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE).

    2016

    Significance of Tax reform in Sri Lanka and its future prospects, Expert Opinion Study, EMERICS: South Korea.

     

    2016

    Farmer preferences for Banana diversity and Genetically Modified Banana in Sri Lanka: Application of Choice Experiment Method.
    This paper was presented  on 26th Asian Economic Symposium held on August 19-20, 2016 at the University of Peradeniya. Published full paper in proceedings, PP: 121-140.

     

    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.

    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.

    2012

    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.

    2010

    Socioeconomic implications of climate change with regard to forests and forest management. Contribution of Work Package 3 to the Forest Vulnerability Assessment, Gold Coast, Australia, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.

     

    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.

    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.

    2006

    The Impact of Foreign Aid on Long Run Economic Growth In Sri Lanka: An Econometric Study. This paper was presented at the UNU-WIDER Conference on Aid: Principles, Policies and Performance, held on 16-17 June 2006, Helsinki.Published full paper in proceedings PP: 1-23.

    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: Workshops/summit/short courses

     

    2018

    Participated to the UNESCO MGIEP’s Cantor’s World Programme and the workshop which was held on 24th – 25th July 2018 in New Delhi.

    2016

    Participated to the 8th Annual Master of Development Practice (MDP) summit 2016, organized by the Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Program and held at the University Sains Malaysia: May 30- June 04, 2016.

    2015

    Participated to the 7th Annual Master of Development Practice(MDP) summit 2015, organized by the Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Program and held in Institute of Political Science (Science Po) Paris: June 7- June 10, 2015

    2015

    Participated to the Asia- Pacific Regional Training of  Instructors on Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation (ECO-DRR/CAA), organized by  United Nations Environment Program and held in Bangkok, Thailand: 19 - 22 May 2015

    2015

    Participated to the Workshop on Research Communication, organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and held in Dhulikhel Mountain Resort in Nepal: 10 - 23 February, 2015

    2014

    Participated to the 29th Biannual Research and Writing Workshop organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and held Kathmandu in Nepal:  07- 11 December, 2014 

    2014

    Participated to the course on Program Evaluation  organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and held Kathmandu in Nepal: 04- 6 December, 2014 

    2014

    Participated to the 28th Research and Writing Workshop organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and held Thimpu  in Bhutan: 16- 20 June, 2014 

    2014

    Participated to the Winter School in Resource and Environmental Economics organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and held in Lalitpur  in Nepal:  4- 13 March, 2014 

    2013

    Participated to the Workshop  on Learning Management System(LMS) for academic staff of Universities organized by the HETC Project, Ministry of Higher Education and  held in the University of Kelaniya: 21- 22 November, 2013

    2013

    Participated to the 26th Biannual Research and Training Workshop organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and held in Tide Resort, Thailand:  19- 23 June, 2013 

    2012

    Participated to the Workshop on Experimental Design on Savings and Payments  organized by the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative and held in Institute of Policy Studies in Colombo: 10- 13 September, 2012 

    2010

    Participated to the CAGE Summer Program: Firms and Household Enterprises in Developing Countries that was held on the at the University of Warwick, England: 12 - 16 July, 2010

    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

    2009

    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

    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

    2008

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

    2005

    Participated to the PhD courses in Environmental Economics organized by the Goteborg University and held in Goteborg University in Sweden: February 21 to May 3, 2005

    2005

    Participated to the Workshop on Advance Research Methodologies in Social Sciences and Humanities organized by the National Center for Advance Studies and Held at the University of Peradeniya:  30- 31 December 2005

    2004

    Participated to a Course on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics,  jointly organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) & the World Bank, and held in Colombo:  June 17 - July 4, 2004 

    2004

    Participated to the 6th Regional Training Course in Environmental and Resource Economics,  organized by the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia and held in Chiangmai, Thailand:  March 29 - April 24, 2004 

    2003

    Participated to a high level training program course on Investment Analysis  organized by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and held in Colombo:  June 30 - July 11, 2003 

    2003

    Participated to the Workshop on Development and Maintenance of Web applications in Commerce, Education and entertainment  organized by the Postgraduate Institute of Science and held in PGIS: November 1- 2, 2003 


    Ongoing Research

  • Environmental Costs of Road Traffic Congestion in Sri Lanka

  • Domestic Workers: A Socio-economic Analysis

  • Sustainable Development: Environmental Sustainability in Asia

  • The Belt and Road Initiative: The Social Responsibility of Enterprises going out

 
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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