Sisira Jayasuriya

Sisira Jayasuriya

Sisira Jayasuriya is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and an Adjunct Professor at the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

He has held previous appointments at the Australian National University, La Trobe University, Melbourne University (where he was Director, Asian Economics Centre),and the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. Born in Sri Lanka, where he completed his undergraduate education, Sisira's research has covered a range of topics on South Asia. His current South Asian research is on the political economy of post-civil war challenges in Sri Lanka and agricultural markets and environmental issues in India (in collaboration with the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India).

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Post-2000 South Asia related publications


  • [with Purushottam Mudbhary and Sumiter Broca], "Food Security in Asia: Recent Experiences, Issues and Challenges", Economic Papers


  • [with Prema-Chandra Athukorala], "Economic Policy Shifts in Sri Lanka: The Post-conflict Development Challenge", Asian Economic Papers, 12(2): 1-28


  • "Comments on: "Demographic Dividends, Dependencies and Economic Growth in China and India", Asian Economic Papers, 11(3): 27-29


  • "Comments on: Rebalancing China: Linking Internal and External Reforms", Asian Economic Papers, 10(2): 114-117
  • [with Laura Panza], "Will India be the next China? Challenges, Prospects and Implications for Australia", Australian Economic Review, 44(4): 446-456


  • [with Peter McCawley], The 2004 Asian Tsunami: Aid and Reconstruction after a disaster, EdwardElgar, UK and USA
  • [with Ian Coxhead] "The rise of China and India: economic and environmental implications for low-income countries",The World Economy, 33(4): 525-551
  • [with Nephil Maskay] "Enhancing Economic Integration in South Asia: Issues and Prospects for closer Monetary Cooperation', Singapore Economic Review, 55 (1): 179-200
  • [with Jyoti Gujral and Scott Davenport] "Is There a Role for Agricultural Offsets in Sustainable Infrastructure Development: A Preliminary Assessment", in India Infrastructure Report 2010: Infrastructure Development in a Low Carbon Economy, Oxford University Press: 413-421


  • [with Jay Bandara], "Sri Lanka", in Kym Anderson and Will Martin (eds.), Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Asia, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.
  • "Comments on 'What explains India's real appreciation", India Policy Forum 2008/09, in Suman Bery, Barry Bosworth and Arvind Panagariya (eds.), National Council of Applied Economic Research (New Delhi) and  Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.), Sage Publications:237-240
  • [with Jay Bandara], "Long-term Policy Trends and Major Challenges in Agriculture', in Ajitha Tennakoon (ed.), Sri Lankan Economy in Transition: Progress, Problems and Prospects, Vijitha Yapa Publishers, Colombo


  • [with David Dunham] "He who pays the piper: mephistopheles and the opiate of one day cricket", in Jayadeva Uyangoda (ed.) Cricket, Lovely Cricket: Sports in Culture, Class and Nation in Sri Lanka, Social Scientists Association of Sri Lanka, Colombo: 28-40


  • [with GamindaGanewatta et al], "Impact of Protection on Domestic Processing of Primary Commodities for Export Markets: An Example from the Sri Lankan Tea Industry", South Asia Economic Journal, 7(1):1-18


  • "Globalisation, Equity and Poverty: the South Asian Experience in Dinello, Natalia and Lyn Squire (eds.), Globalization and Equity: Perspectives from the Developing World, Edward Elgar, U.K. (137-162)
  • [with Prema-Chandra Athukorala]  "Complementarity of Trade and FDI Liberalization in Industrial Growth: Lessons from Sri Lanka", Jha, Raghav (ed.) Economic Growth, Economic Performance and Welfare in South Asia, Palgrave-Macmillan  (102-118)
  • [with Dushni Weerakoon and Nephil Maskay], "A Single Currency for South Asia: The Economics and Politics of Monetary Integration", Economic and Political Weekly (India): 40(29): 3159-3166
  • Jayasuriya, S. (2005), "Asia: Economies Recovering after Slowdown" Quarterly Bulletin of Economic Trends, (Mercer-Melbourne Institute)  2005, 4.05
  • [with Gaminda Ganewatta,  Robert Waschik, and Geoff Edwards], "Moving up the Processing Ladder in Primary Product Exports: Sri Lanka's "Value Added" Tea Industry", Agricultural Economics, 33(3):


  • "Monetary Policy Issues and Debates in Sri Lanka', in Kelegama, Saman (ed.), "Economic Policy Issues and Debates in Sri Lanka: A Festschrift Volume in Honour of Dr Gamini Corea,  Sage Publishers (177-192)
  • [with Malathy Knight-John] "Sri Lanka's Telecommunications Industry: From Privatisation to Anti-Competition?", in Hossain, M, A. Brown and T. Nguyen (eds), Telecommunications Reform in the Asia Pacific: Economic and Regulatory Experiences, Edward Elgar, UK: 173-194


  • The Open Economy and the Environment: Development, Trade and Resources in Asia [with Ian Coxhead], Edward Elgar, UK


  • [with Dushni Weerakoon, "Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Integration in the SAARC Region", in T.N.Srinivasan (ed), Trade, Finance and Investment in South Asia, Social Science Press, New Delhi: 364-416


  • [with D. Weerakoon] "Indo-Sri Lanka Economic Relationships", in Parthasarathi Shome (ed),Economic Relationships Between India and its Neighbors, ICRIER, New Delhi: 111-139
  • [with Nisha Arunatilake and Saman Kelegama], "The Economic Cost of the War in Sri Lanka", World Development, 29(9): 1483-1500
  • [with Jayatillake Bandara et al], "General Equilibrium Analysis of Land Degradation in Sri Lanka: Tax/Subsidy Options",Environmental Modelling and Software 16: 497-508
  • [with R.H. Samaratunga and David Prentice, "Impact of the Enlargement of APEC on South Asia: An Analysis of the Trade Potential", South Asia Economic Journal, 2(2): 171-201
  • [with Kishore Sharma and Edward Oczkowski], "Liberalization, export incentives, and trade intensity: new evidence from Nepalese manufacturing industries", Journal of Asian Economics, 12: 123-135


  • [with P.Athukorala],"Trade Policy and Industrial Growth in Sri Lanka", World Economy,23(3): 387-404
  • [with Kishore Sharma and Edward Oczkowski] "Effects of Liberalisation on Trade Intensity: Experience of Nepalese Manufacturing, Oxford Development Studies, 28(2):
  • [with David Dunham], "Equity, Growth and Insurrection: Liberalisation and the Welfare Debate in Contemporary Sri Lanka", Oxford Development Studies, 28(1): 97-110