Department of Economics & Statistics

Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

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Prof. J. G. Sri Ranjith
Professor in Economics

Department of Economics & Statistics
Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
Peradeniya, 20400, Sri Lanka

+94 (0)81 239 2622
+94 (0)77 539 3462
sriranjith@pdn.ac.lk
sri_ranjith@hotmail.com

Biography


     Sri Ranjith, Professor in Economics, completed his primary education at Ku/Bogamuwa M.V. and secondary education at St. Anne’s College in Kurunegala. He entered the University of Peradeniya for higher education in 1985/86 and completed BA honours degree in Economics. He was awarded ISLE (Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education) scholarship in 1987 and studied courses in Economics at Carleton College in Minnesota, USA. Subsequently he completed MA in Regional Development and Planning from UBC, Canada and his doctorate in Economic Development from NMSU, USA. He has worked as Research Assistant as well as Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Dept. of Economics, NMSU during his postgraduate studies and also awarded Merit-Based Enhancement Fellowship by the Graduate School of NMSU. Furthermore he was awarded a fellowship by the NORPART Project 2017-2021 under staff mobility to study postgraduate level courses in Human Rights and Multiculturalism at University of Southeast Norway, Norway.


Educational Qualifications


  • PhD: New Mexico State University, USA
  • MA: University of British Columbia, Canada
  • BA: University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Positions Held


  • 2019 to present Professor
  • 2008 – 2019 Senior Lecturer (Grade I)
  • 2000 – 2008 Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
  • 1993 – 2000 Lecturer (Probationary)
  • 1992 – 1993 Junior Executive: John Keells Holdings Company Ltd. Colombo
  • 1992 Research Assistant: Dept. of Economics University of Peradeniya


Visiting Appointments


  • Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya, 2004-2020
  • Center for Studies Human Rights, University of Peradeniya, 2018-2019
  • Dept. of Social Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, 2017
  • Visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, 1997/98.


Memberships & Awards


  • NORPART Project staff mobility program 2017-2021
  • Merit-based Enhancement Fellowship” for the academic year 2010-2011 by the Graduate School, NMSU, USA.
  • CIDA Two-tier Scholarship–UBC & University of Peradeniya Education Program-1998.
  • Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE)-1987.


Research Interests


  • Determinants of Poverty
  • Microenterprises and Poverty
  • Regional Development
  • Macroeconomics
  • Public Policy


Research Publications


Journal Articles

  • Vinayagathasan & Sri Ranjith (2021). Public debt, budget deficit and tax policy reforms for fiscal consolidation in Sri Lanka: rationale and feasibility. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences (forthcoming).
  • Thilanka & Sri Ranjith (2021). The Effect of Tax Composition on Income Inequality: Sri Lankan Experience. Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research. Vol. 8, Issue 2: 3-20.
  • Sri Ranjith & Thilanka (2019). The Determinants of Regional Development Disparities in Sri Lanka: An empirical investigation into the regional development policy and issues. Sri Lankan Journal of Business Economics Vol. 8 Issue 1: 90-106.
  • Mayoshi & Sri Ranjith (2018). Identifying Factors Affecting the Success of Rural Self-employment: A study based on Ambalantota divisional secretariat in Sri Lanka. Journal of Smart Economic Growth, Vol 3. No. 3: 61-68.
  • Thilanka & Sri Ranjith (2018). The Impact of Public Debt on Private Investment: Sri Lankan Experience. International Journal of Business and Social Research Vol 8 No.8: 1-10.
  • Sri Ranjith & Indralatha (2018). The Relationship between Investment and Interest rate in Sri Lanka. Sambhavana, Vol. 10.No. 1: 163-182.
  • T. Vinayagathasan & Sri Ranjith (2016). Unemployment Poverty Nexus: Empirical Evidence from Sri Lanka. Journal of Modern Sri Lanka Studies Vol. VII, No. 01: 95-114.
  • Sri Ranjith & R.M.S.S. Ranathunga (2015). Determinants of Household Solid Waste Generation and Willingness to Pay for an Improved Solid Waste Management Practice in Kandy Municipal Area. Journal of Modern Sri Lanka Studies. Vol. VI, No. 02: 25-48.
  • Sri Ranjith (2015). The Effect of Microenterprises on Poverty: A Cross-county Analysis on US Urban Poverty. International Journal of Economics and Empirical Research Vol 3 No. 3: 128-150.
  • Sri Ranjith & Dayaratne-Banda (2014). Determinants of the success of small businesses; A Survey-based study on Small Businesses in Kuliyapitiya Divisional Secretariats. International Journal of Business and Social Research Vol 4 No.6: 38-50.
  • Sri Ranjith (2014). Arthica Sanwardanaya saha Archaradharmawala karyabaraya in Rev. Madurawala Sobhitha, Rev. welipitiye Indananda, and Rev. Pallaththara Piyarathana (eds) Viduruwana Shastriya Sangrahaya Vol 45: 504-514.
  • Sri Ranjith & A. Rupasingha (2012). Social capital and religious adherence as determinants of child poverty in the United States. Journal of Economic Issues XLVI (1): 119-141.
  • Sri Ranjith & B. Widner (2012). Sri Lanka’s Garment Industry: Prospects for agglomeration, challenges and implications for regional development. South Asian Journal of Management 18, (4): 7-22.
  • Sri Ranjith (2007). Governance and Community Participation: A Collective Approach to Regional (Urban) Development in Sri Lanka. The Peradeniya Journal of Economics 1, (1 & 2): 28-58.
Conference Presentations
  • “Poverty Ethnicity and Rights in the Multicultural Context of Sri Lanka” presented for the workshop on Realizing Human Rights for a Post-Conflict Sri Lankan Multicultural Society held on September 24, 2018 at University of South-Eastern Norway, collaboratively organized by University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and University of South-Eastern Norway under NORPART project.
  • “Tax Composition and Income Inequality in Sri Lanka” Presented abstract at 6th Peradeniya International Economics Research Symposium (PIERS) 2018 Proceedings VI.
  • “Identification of regional competitiveness across provinces in Sri Lanka”. International Conference on the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ICHSS) - 2017 held on July 28-29 Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
  • “Do budget deficit crowed out private investment? An empirical analysis on Sri Lankan experience”. Presented abstract at 3rd International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences – 2017, University of Ruhuna, held on March 28-29, 2017.
  • “Determinants of Household Solid Waste Generation and Willingness to pay for an improved Solid Waste Management Practice in Kandy Municipal Area”. Presented abstract at International Conference on the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ICHSS)-2016 held at the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. Proceedings (July 27-28, 2016).
  • BREAD-IGC-ISI Summer School in Development Economics 2012 held at Indian Statistical Institute Center, New Delhi (21-25 July, 2012). Presented a paper titled: "Microenterprises and Poverty: A cross-county analysis of US rural poverty"
  • 58th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International 2011, Miami, Florida. Presented a paper titled: “The effect of Microenterprises on Poverty: A cross-county analysis on US urban poverty,” (Authors Sri Ranjith& Benjamin Widner).
Extended Abstracts & Proceedings
  • Thilanka & Sri Ranjith. Tax Composition and Tax Compliance: Sri Lankan Experience. International Research Conference of Uva Wellassa University (IRCUWU) 2019 Feb 7-9, 2019.
  • Thilanka, C. & Sri Ranjith. Tax Composition and Income Inequality in Sri Lanka Presented abstract at 6th Peradeniya International Economics Research Symposium (PIERS) 2018 Proceedings VI.
  • Mayoshi & Sri Ranjith. Identifying factors affecting the success of rural self-employment: A study based on Ambalantota Divisional secretariat in Sri Lanka Presented abstract at 6th Peradeniya International Economics Research Symposium (PIERS) 2018 Proceedings VI.
  • Paranamana, G.P. & Sri Ranjith. Inequality and Tax revenue. Presented at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions iPURSE 2017, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya.
  • Thilanka, C. & Sri Ranjith. Public debt and economic growth: Evidence from Sri Lanka. Presented abstract at 6th International Conference of Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists 2017: Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.
  • Hewawaduge, S. & Sri Ranjith: Fiscal policy and Gender Inequality: The case of Sri Lanka. Presented abstract at 6th International Conference of Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists: Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.
  • Priyatharsiny, S. & Sri Ranjith: Relationship between budget deficit and economic growth: Evidence from Sri Lanka. Presented abstract at 6th International Conference of Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists: Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.
  • Paranamana, G.P. & Sri Ranjith: Fiscal Policy and the Determinants of Private Investment in Sri Lanka. Presented abstract at 5th Peradeniya International Economics Research Symposium (PIERS) 2017 Proceedings Vol. V (Oct. 12, 2017)
  • Ekenayake, E.M.G.P. & Sri Ranjith: Economic determinants of budget deficit in Sri Lanka. Presented abstract at 4th Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium (PERS) 2016 Proceedings Vol. IV (Nov. 18, 2016).
  • Maheshi Kumari & Sri Ranjith. Paschath nirbadikarana sri lankawe arthika wardanaya saha ardayam vishamathawaya pilibanda sankshipta adiyanayak. Presented abstract at 3rd Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium (PERS) 2015 Proceedings Vol. III (Sep. 23, 2015).
  • Siriwardana, TMAC & Sri Ranjith. Impact of per capita income and human capital on income inequality: An empirical analysis. Presented abstract at Peradeniya University International Research sessions (iPURSE) 2015 Proceedings Vol.19 (5th and 6thNovember , 2015).
  • Inthuja, T. & Sri Ranjith. The relationship between government revenue, expenditure and the economic determinants of budget deficit in Sri Lankan. Presented abstract at 3rd Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium (PERS) 2015 Proceedings Vol. III (Sep. 23, 2015).
  • Siriwardana, T.M.A.C. & Sri Ranjith. Measuring the impact of per capita income and average years of schooling on income inequality: A panel data analysis. Presented abstract at 3rd Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium (PERS) 2015 Proceedings Vol. III (Sep. 23, 2015).
  • Samaranayake, D.I.J. & Sri Ranjith. The Effect of Decentralization of Power on Economic Development: Sri Lankan Experience. Presented abstract at 2nd Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium (PERS) 2014 Proceedings Vol. II (Sep. 11, 2014) .
  • Ranathilaka, M.B. & Sri Ranjith. 9th International Symposium on Asian Agricultural Study on CONTRACT FARMING IN ASIA. Host: The United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kagoshima University. Co-Host: The Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Society of Japan. Symposium held at Saga University: Hishinomi Kaikan, on March 21, 2014. The abstract title: “Potentials for Contract-based Agricultural Development at Local Levels in Sri Lanka”
  • 36th Annual Conference of Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ASBE), Fort Worth, TX, October, 2010. The paper titles: “The State of Entrepreneurship in New Mexico: Prospects and Challenges”.
Book Chapters
  • Sri Ranjith (2004). Struggling to Create Self-help Organizations in an Urban Slum: Mahaiyawa in Hasbullah and Barrie M. Morrison (eds.) Sri Lankan Society in an era of Globalization: In Struggling to Create a New Social Order. Sage Publishers, New Delhi.
Book Reviews
  • The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Economics in Asia, Edited by Shunsuke Managi In the Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research Vol. 3 No. 1 (2015): 169 -178.
Unpublished Thesis
  • Open Economic Policies and Land Right issues: A case study in Mahaweli H zone (BA Dissertation)
Reports
  • Sri Ranjith and A. Rupasingha.Local Land Policy Framework for Afghanistan. Afghanistan Water, Agriculture, and Technology Transfer (AWATT) Project, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.
  • Sri Ranjith and A. Rupasingha. Annotated Bibliography on Land Rights Issues in Afghanistan. Prepared for Afghanistan Water and Agriculture Technology Transfer-(AWATT) project conducted by Dept. of Agricultural Economics & Agricultural Business New Mexico State University, USA.


Other Credentials


  • Team member: Preparation of the Vocational Education Training (VET) Plan for the Central Province 2013
  • Evaluation Team Member: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): Evaluation Study on Rural Finance Services-Matale District Regional Economic Advancement Project (MREAP): 2006
  • Evaluation Team Member: North-Western Area Development Project in Sri Lanka implemented by World Vision Lanka: 2001


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