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 Maladeniya village of Mirigama was selected for the field trip. Students spent one day in this village to identify rural development issues and recent changes in household consumption patterns.

The Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research (SLJER) creates a space where
research, particularly policy related research, can be disseminated and so
contributes to the economic thinking in the country in this period. The critical
evaluation of policy is essential if optimal use is to be made of the demographic
window of opportunity. Equity and social welfare, the cornerstone of economic
thinking in the country, and the challenges posed to such fundamentals by economic
liberalization, globalization and technological progress make it vital to dwell on
ideas and ideals, as well as to collate systematic evidence to support rational policy
making. The aim of this journal then is to support such processes through
dissemination and discussion.
The SLJER is a refereed tri-lingual journal. The journal will primarily provide an
opportunity for authors presenting papers at the annual sessions of the Sri Lanka
Forum of University Economists to disseminate their contributions. Apart from the
research articles the journal carries a special section titled ’Perspectives’ which
articulates alternative thinking and approaches to Economics. Book reviews are
included as well.
All articles in this journal are subject to a rigorous blind peer-review process
initially, and are then reviewed by the editorial committee prior to final acceptance
for publication.

You can download the SLJER by clicking on SLJER Volume 1(1).pdf


The Department of Economics is proud to announce that it pioneered the launching of an internship programme for undergraduate students. Since 2004, the department provides work experience placements in partnership with leading private sector, public sector, and semi-government institutions for students in the Economics Special Degree programme in their fourth year. This internship programme gives students an opportunity to gain work experience in bridging the gap between academic and working environments.
Our Partners - Internship Programme 2013
ABC Group of Companies
Aitken Spence
Back Office Medicine Pvt. Ltd
Bank of Ceylon
BLT Shipping Company
BTL Lanka Pvt .Ltd
Canwill Holdings (PVT) LTD
Center for Poverty Analysis
Ceyline Group of Companies
Ceylon Electricity Board
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
Colombo Dockyard
Colombo Municipal Council
Commercial Bank PLC
Employers' Federation Of Ceylon
FLT World Wide Network
Freight Container
Fright Link
Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research Institute
HNB Assurance
Institute of Health Policy
Institute of Policy Studies
Ircon International Ltd
John Keels
Kaluthota Finance Ltd
Lanka Bell
Loadstar Pvt. LTd
Mass Bodyline Pvt. Ltd
Ministry of Defense
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Public Administration & Home Affairs
New World Securities
Peoples Bank
Peoples’ Finance Leasing
Police Headquarters
Price Water House Coopers
Sampath Bank PLC
Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka
Seylan Bank
Social Security Board
The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited
Union Assurances
Verite Research
Vijaya News Paper Privet Ltd
Win Lanka Educations

Centre for Economic Research and Industrial Policy Analysis (CERIPA)
Department of Economics
University of Colombo
As requested by the Second Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project (SCDLIP), Ministry of Economic Development, the Department of Economics (DoE), University of Colombo proposes to conduct a training programme for its officers.  The DoE seeks the permission of the University of Colombo to conduct the above programme. The programme is to be funded by the SCDLIP.
Course Objectives
The objectives of this course are to provide SCDLIP officers with a better understanding of micro finance practices and thus to improve the capacity of officers of the SCDLIP.
Expected Outputs
By the end of this programme, participants will be able to understand and apply various microfinance tools in a systematic manner. They will also be able to identify the shortcoming of the existing microfinance delivery system of the SCDLIP and to propose changes to improve the existing system to meet the future challenges and requirements.   
Course Content
After series of discussions with the SCDLIP, both parties (SCDLIP and DOE) agreed to include the following areas to the training programme. 
1.      Financial Management in MFIs
2.      Marketing and client Satisfaction
3.      Internal controls and audit
4.      Delinquency Management
5.      Financial statement reading and analysis
6.      Interest rate settings
7.      Risk management in MFIs