K. Amirthalingam

Ph.D (Col), MPhil (JNU), MA (Col), BA Hons (Jaf)


Coordinator, Masters in Economics

Contact Details
+94 2582666

Current Teachings
Macro Economics
Public Finance
Development Economics

Research Interests
Internal displacement, resettlement and migration
Development Economics
Gender,Poverty and inequality


Articles Published in Refereed Journals

K. Amirthalingam and R.W.D. Lakshman (2014) Impact of Internal Displacement on Agricultural Livelihoods: Evidence from Sampur, Sri Lanka, Migration and Development, DOI: 10.1080/21632324.2014.969480

K. Amirthalingam (2013) Importance and Issues of Taxation in Sri Lanka, Colombo Business Journal, 04 (01): 43-52

K. Amirthalingam (2012) The Importance of Taxation and the Role of Indirect Taxes in Developing Countries: A Survey of Literature, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, 13(02):12-40

K. Amirthalingam and R.W.D. Lakshman (2012) Impact of Displacement on Women and Female-headed Households: A Mixed Method Analysis with a Microeconomic Touch, Journal of Refugee Studies, 26(1): 26-46.

K. Amirthalingam (2011/2012) Financing Budget Deficits by Reducing the Debt Ratio and Raising the Tax Ratio, Economic Review, 37 (9 &10): 10-16, Dec, 2011/Jan, 2012,People’s Bank Sri Lanka

A.S. N.  Badungodage and K. Amirthalingam (2012) Importance of Barrier Free Design in Built-Environment to Empower Physically Disabled Persons: With Special Reference to the Quality of Accessibility in Public Buildings in Western Province, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol 13, No: 2 PP: 58-73.

K. Amirthalingam and S. Sivarajasingham (2011) Reducing Fiscal Deficit in Sri Lanka: The Way Forward, Sri Lanka Economic Journal,12(1&2):171-184

K. Amirthalingam and R.W.D. Lakshman (2010) "Financing of Internal Displacement: Excerpts from the Sri Lankan Experience", Disasters: 34(2), pp. 402-425.

K. Amirthalingam (2010) Indirect Taxation In Sri Lanka: The Development Challenge, Economic Review, 36 (7&8):11-15, Oct/Nov, Peoples Bank Sri Lanka

K. Amirthalingam (2010) Why is VAT Not a ‘Money Machine’ in Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka Economic Journal, 11(2),pp.124-140

S. Santhirasekaram and K. Amirthalingam (2010) "Direct and Indirect Effects of Conflicts, Violence and War on Economic Growth in Sri Lanka", Sri Lanka Economic Journal, 11(1), pp. 31-60.

K. Amirthalingam and Lakshman, R.W.D. (2009) “Displaced Livelihoods in Sri Lanka: An Economic Analysis”, Journal of Refugee Studies, 22(4), pp. 502-524.

S. Santhirasegaram and K. Amirthalingam (2009) “The Socio-Economic Status of Tamil Speaking Muslims in Sri Lanka: A Comparative Study with Developing World” Kalam, International Journal of Faculty of Arts & Culture VIII(2):136-147, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka

K. Amirthalingam (2008) "Economic Liberalization and its Impact on the Manufacturing Industry in Sri Lanka", Sri Lanka Economic Journal, 9(2), pp. 31-52.

K. Amirthalingam (2008) "Social Development, Economic Growth and the Liberalization in Sri Lanka", Sri Lanka Economic Journal, 8(2), pp. 1-20.



K. Amirthalingam (2013) Taxation in Sri Lanka: Theory and Practice, Chemamadu  Publishers, Colombo. IBSN : 978-9-5568-5019-2

K. Amirthalingam (2012) Sri Lanka’s Experience of Economic Liberalization, ISBN: 978-3-8465-5992-5, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany

S. Abeyratne and K. Amirthalingam (2010) Elementary Macroeconomics,  ISBN:  978-955-9021-94-0, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Editor RWD Lakshman, Funded by Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Quality Enhancement Fund(QEF) – Batch 3 of the Improving Relevance and Quality of Undergraduate Education(IRQUE) Project of the Ministry of Higher education.

K. Amirthalingam (2008)- Revised Second Edition (2013)- The Sri Lankan Economy, ISBN: 978-955-9396-20-8. Poobalasingam Book Depot and Publishers, Colombo, Sri Lanka


Chapters in Books

Michael Collyer, Kopalapillai Amirthalingam, Danesh Jayatilaka (Forthcoming, 2017) The Right to Adequate Housing in Post-Conflict Colombo, Sri Lanka in Katherine Brickell, Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia, Alexander Vasudevan, Geographies of Forced Eviction, Palgrave, ISBN:  9781137511263

K.Amirthalingam (2015) The Economic Progress of South Korea: A Review on Industrial Policy and Economic Democracy. in S.Santhirasegaram  (Ed) Asian Development Realities, Prof. VP Sivanathan Felicitation Volume, PP: 60-75, ISBN: 978-955-44890-7-3

K. Amirthalingam, D. Jayatilaka  and R. W. D. Lakshman (2015) The Other Side of Migration and Development Nexus: The Sri Lankan Experience in Trafficking, In Mizanur Rahman and Tan Tai Yong (Eds), International Migration and Development in South Asia, Routledge, PP:218-234, ISBN: 978-0-415-72423-4

K.Amirthalingam (2014) Government Expenditure and Tax Revenue in Sri Lanka: Development Needs and Challenges in S.S. Uthayakumar  and V.P. Sivanathan  (Eds) Contemporary Socio-Economic Issues in Sri Lanka, A Festschrift in Honour of Late Prof N. Balakrishnan, Department of Economics, University of Jaffna, PP: 58-68, ISBN:978-955-0585-05-2

K.Amirthalingam (2014) Sri Lanka’s Experience of Revenue  Generation under BTT, GST and VAT and Policy Proposals for Enhancing Indirect Tax Revenue, In S.Vijayakumar (Ed) Economic Issues in Sri Lanka, Jaffna, Guru Publisher, ISBN:978-955-50770-9-1, PP:56-64

K. Amirthalingam (2013)Taxation in Sri Lanka: Importance and Challenges, Golden Jubilee-2013 Commemoration Volume: 50 Years Journey in Regional Taxation, Department of Inland Revenue, Regional Office- Jaffna English version pp:12-20, Tamil Version pp:21-29

K. Amirthalingam and R. W. D. Lakshman (2011), "Agriculture Based Livelihoods in Rural Sri Lanka: The Impact of Displacement". in W. Wimalarathana (ed), Felicitation Volume in honour of Prof. S.M.P. Senanayake. pp: 309-339, Department of Economics, The University of Colombo.

K. Amirthalingam and R.W.D. Lakshman (2009), “Women’s Assets and their role in surviving displacement and impoverishment in the context of the war and the tsunami in eastern Sri Lanka". in N. de Mel, K. N. Ruwanpura and G. Samarasinghe (eds), After the Waves: The Impact of the Tsunami on Women in Sri Lanka. Social Scientists Association (SSA), Colombo, ISBN: 978-955-1772-33-8,PP:42-61

K.Amirthalingam and R. W. D. Lakshman (2009), "Displacement and livelihoods: A case study from Sri Lanka", in Priyanthi Fernando, Karin Fernando and Mansi Kumarasiri (eds), Forced to move: Involuntary Displacement and Resettlement- Policy and Practice, pp:57-82, CEPA, Colomobo, ISBN: 978-955-1040-55-0

K. Amirthalingam (2008) Inflation in Sri Lanka: Theory and Practice). In Navaratnam Ravinthirakumaran and Murugesu Ganeshamoorthy (eds) Path to economic development: An inquiry based on Sri Lanka's Experience: A Festschrift in Honour of Prof. N.Balakrishnan. Prof .N. Balakrishnan Felicitation Committee, Colombo,ISBN: 978-955-51372-0-1,PP: 211-232


Study Report and Working Papers

Danesh Jayatilaka and Kopalapillai Amirthalingam (2015) The Impact of Displacement on Dowries in Sri Lanka, Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Brookings Institution, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C

Danesh Jayatilaka, Kopalapillai Amirthalingam and Shiyana Gunasekara (2015) Conflict, Displacement And Post-War Recovery: A Community Profile of Passaiyoor East in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Working Paper:07, ISBN- 978-955-580-167-6,  (Tamil Version,2016), ISBN- 978-955-580-180-5, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo