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

Coordinator, MPhil/PhD in Economics

Contact Details
+94 11 215 8485 (office), +94 77 738 8855 (mobile)

Current Teachings
International Economics
Monetary Economics

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


2013: Trade and Spatial Growth: Sharing Images from Japan and Sri Lanka, Co-author: N.S. Cooray; A study funded by Japan Foundation and carried out at International University of Japan during Jan-2013 - Jan-2014.

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