Professor Sirimal Abeyratne

Professor Sirimal Abeyratne


PhD (Free University, Amsterdam), MPhil and MA (International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague), Postgraduate Diploma and BA Honours (University of Colombo)

Professor in Economics, University of Colombo (on leave)
Visiting Fellow, International University of Japan (current affiliation)

Telephone: 0081-25-779-1475


Current Teachings

  • Macroeconomics
  • International Economics
  • Development policies and issues


Research Interests

  • Trade policies in developing countries
  • Growth and development policy issues
  • Macroeconomic policy issues
  • Economics of political conflicts in developing countries
  • Global economic crises and developing countries
  • Current research: Spatial Growth in Sri Lanka: Sharing Japanese Image




  • 2013: ‘Integration of Sri Lanka into Indian Supply Chains under the Bilateral Free Trade Agreement’, (forthcoming)
  • 2012: ‘Sri Lanka’s Free Trade Agreements with India and Pakistan: Are they leading bilateral trade beyond normalcy?’, Lahore Journal of Economics, Vol 17, SE: 315-337
  • 2010: ‘India as a Source Market for Tourism Induatry of Sri Lanka: too big to be ignored’, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, 11(2): 104-123
  • 2010: ‘Vision for a Brighter Future in Sri Lanka: Road to Realize “Mahinda Chintana” Vision’, [an analysis on the Sri Lankan government’s main policy document 2010], Sri Lanka Economic Journal, 11(1): 1-30
  • 2008: ‘Economic Development and Political Conflict: Comparative Study of Sri Lanka and Malaysia’, South Asia Economic Journal, 9(2): 393-418, Jul-Dec
  • 2004: ‘Economic Roots of Political Conflict: The Case of Sri Lanka’, World Economy, 27(8): 1295-1314, August


  • 2008: ‘Sri Lanka: Regional Discontent of Development Disparities’, in T. Inoguchi (ed), Human Beliefs and Values in Incredible Asia, Akashi Shoten Ltd, Tokyo
  • 2007: ‘Education as a Panacea for Development in South Asia with Special Reference to the Sri Lankan Experience’ in R. Dyal and N. Sahai (eds), Media and Public Interest in South Asia: Some Priority Areas, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, New Delhi
  • 2006: Small and Medium Enterprises in Sri Lanka: Integrating the SME Sector with the Market’ in W. Gooneratne and S. Hirashima (eds), Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development in SAARC Countries: Challenges and Policy Reforms, Centre for Development Research, Royal Institute of Colombo, Colombo
  • 2006: ‘Economic Growth in Sri Lanka, 1950-2000’ (co-author: Chandra Rodrigo) in K.S. Parikh (ed), Explaining Growth in South Asia, Oxford University Press, New Delhi
  • 2005: ‘Sri Lanka: Urban Life and Living Conditions’ in T. Inoguchi and M. Basanez (eds), Values and Life Styles in Urban Asia: A Cross Cultural Analysis and Sourcebook Based on the AsiaBarometer Survey of 2003, Institute of Oriental Culture, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo
  • 2004: ‘Sri Lanka’s Trade Expansion during Economic Reform’ (co-author: Athula Ranasinghe) in O.H. Chowdhury and W. van der Geest (eds) Economic Reform and Trade Performance in South Asia, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka
  • 2002: ‘Political Conflict in the Development Process: The Case of Sri Lanka’, in D. Kooiman, A. Koster, P. Smets and B. Venema (eds), Conflict in a Globalising World, Studies in Honour of Peter Kloos, Royal van Gorcum BV, Assen, Netherlands
  • 2001: ‘External Linkage of the Rural Communities: Integrating the Village with the Market’, in Japan International Cooperation Agency and University of Colombo, External Linkages in the Context of Participatory Rural Development, UC-JICA Joint Study Project, University of Colombo, Colombo
  • 2000: ‘Policy and Political Issues in Economic Growth of Sri Lanka’, Chapter 3 in S.T. Hettige and Markus Mayer (eds) Sri Lanka at Crossroads: Dilemmas and Prospects after 50 years of Independence, Macmillan, New Delhi


  • 2012: Regional Integration of Sri Lanka and its Roadmap Towards an Economic Union, Country Report on Promoting South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation undertaken for ADB, Kathmandu
  • 2011: Employment Implications of the ‘Five-Hubs Strategy’ of Sri Lanka, Study undertaken as part of the National Employment Strategy of the Government of Sri Lanka for ILO, Colombo
  • 2011: Sri Lanka Poverty Assessment: Background Paper for the Country Partnership Strategy 2012-2016, Study undertaken for ADB, Colombo
  • 2009/2010: Economic and Social Impact of the Global Financial Crisis in Sri Lanka, Study undertaken for UNDP, Regional Centre for Asia and Pacific, Colombo
  • 2009: Economic and Social Impact of the Financial Crisis on Households: Sri Lanka Case Study, Study undertaken for the Marga Institute, Colombo and the South Asian Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI), New Delhi