Dr. S.J. Suresh de Mel

Senior Lecturer

 

Email demel.suresh@gmail.com
Tel +94 (0)81 239 2628, +94 (0)81 239 2622
     
Biography
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Educational Qualifications
  • Ph.D. : American
  • M.A. : American
  • B.Sc. : Moratuwa
 
Appointments (Selected)
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Visiting Appointments
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Memberships & Awards
  • Member, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.
  • Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar, University of California, San Diego
 
Research Interests
  • Micro-enterprises
  • Development Microeconomics
  • Development Macroeconomics
 
Research Publications
  • de Mel, Suresh. 2011. "Getting Credit to High Return Microentrepreneurs: The Results of an Information Intervention". World Bank Economic Review Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 456-485. (Jointly with David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff).
  • "Enterprise Recovery Following Natural Disasters", Economic Journal, (forthcoming 2012). (Jointly with David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff).
  • “Returns to Capital in Micro enterprises: Evidence from a Field Experiment” (co-authored with David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff), Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 123, No. 4, November 2008, pp 1329-72.
  • “Measuring Micro enterprise Profits: Don’t ask how the sausage is made” (co-authored with David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff), Journal of Development Economics Vol. 88, Issue 1, January 2009, pp 19-31.
  • “Are Women More Credit Constrained? : Experimental Evidence on Gender and Micro enterprise Returns” (co-authored with David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff), American Economic Journal : Applied Economics Vol. 1, No. 3, July 2009, pp. 1-32.
  • “Wage Subsidies for Microenterprises” (co-authored with David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff), American Economic Review Vol. 100, No. 2, May 2010, pp. 614-18.
  • “Who are the Microenterprise Owners? Evidence from Sri Lanka on Tokman vs de Soto” (co-authored with David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff). In International Differences in Entrepreneurship, edited by Josh Lerner and Antoinette Schoar, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and University of Chicago Press. 2010.

  • Conference Presentations and Proceedings

  • de Mel, Suresh. "Business Training and Female Enterprise Start-up and Growth in Sri Lanka". Presented at the World Bank Conference on "New Ideas in Business Growth: Financial Literacy, Firm Dynamics and Entrepreneurial Environment", World Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.A., March 2011. (Jointly with David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff).
  • "What is the Cost of Formality? Experimentally Estimating the Demand for Formalization". Presented at the World Bank Conference on "New Ideas in Business Growth: Financial Literacy, Firm Dynamics and Entrepreneurial Environment", World Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.A., March 2011. (Jointly with David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff).
  • "Business Training and Female Enterprise Start-up and Growth in Sri Lanka". Presented at the International Conference on the Social Sciences and the Humanities, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, December 2011. (Jointly with David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff).
  • "Enabling Microsavings through Point of Service (POS) Terminal Deposit Collection in Sri Lanka". Presented at the International Conference on the Social Sciences and the Humanities, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, December 2011. (Jointly with Craig McIntosh and Chris Woodruff).

  • Keynote Speeches

  • de Mel, Suresh. "Randomized Field Experiments with Microenterprises in Sri Lanka". Keynote Address at the Second European Research Conference on Microfinance, University of Groningen, Netherlands, June 2011.
 
Other Credentials
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Consultancy Reports
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