• 36 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr Yapa Bandara's research is in economics of development, international trade and development, economic growth, productivity and efficiency analysis. For his PhD research, he studied productivity gains from trade liberalisation in the context of a developing country. In a recent study on Sri Lanka, he decomposed manufacturing Total Factor Productivity (TFP) growth into technical efficiency and technical progress. Yapa, whose research also includes Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and growth in developing countries, has completed a joint research project on Trends, and Determinants of Australian outward FDI. Recently, he has been involved in studying regional development issues and is currently working on a joint project to model Economic Drivers of Agricultural Land Use Change in Australia. He also has experience in field surveys and research in Sri Lanka.

Research Interests

  • Immigration, internal migration and benefits to regional economies
  • Economic wellbeing of farmers and farming families
  • Financial liberalisation and poverty alleviation in regional economies


  • ECO130: Business Economics
  • ECO215: Managerial Economics for Business Strategy
  • ECO220: Macroeconomic Analysis
  • ECO320: International Economics
  • FIN 211: Financial Management
  • FIN230: Financial Institutions and Markets

Professional Information

Professional Society Membership
  • Economic Association of Australia (NSW)
  • Institute of Land Water & Society (ILWS), Charles Sturt University, Australia
Reviewer of Journal papers for the following journals
  • Review of Industrial Organizations
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Economic Analysis and Policy
  • Applied Economics
  • Contemporary South Asia
  • Australian Economic Papers
  • Thunderbird International Business Review

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in University Teaching & Learning, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 01 Jan 2007

Doctor of Philosophy (Economics), University of Queensland

Award Date: 01 Jan 2004

Postgraduate Diploma (Economic Development)

Award Date: 01 Jan 1998

Master of Arts (Economics)

Award Date: 01 Jan 1995

MBA, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Award Date: 01 Jan 1992

Bachelor of Arts ( Development Studies), University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Award Date: 01 Jan 1981

External positions

Sessional Lecturer, Griffith University

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Research Output

  • 36 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 14 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Conference paper

Productivity growth in food manufacturing industry: Empirical evidence from post-reform Sri Lanka

Swarnathilake, C., Weerahewa, J. & Bandara, Y., 19 Dec 2019, In : Global Business Review. p. 1-25 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Trends, patterns and determinants of production sharing in Australian manufacturing

    Bandara, Y. M. W. Y., Sharma, K. & Chakrabarty, D., Jun 2019, In : Economic Analysis and Policy. 62, p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Development of an econometric model of alcohol taxation in Vietnam

    Preece, R., Oczkowski, E., Bandara, Y. & Nuchsuwan, K., 01 Sep 2018, In : World Customs Journal. 12, 2, p. 133-168 36 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 12 Downloads (Pure)

    The Economic Impact of Ecotourism on Regional China: Further Evidence from Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces

    Li, Y., Sun, Q., Bandara, Y. M. W. Y., Sharma, K., Hicks, J. & Basu, P. K., Jun 2018, In : Global Business Review. 19, 3, p. 533-542 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Trade liberalization and import intensity in the Mongolian manufacturing

    Davaakhuu, O., Sharma, K. & Bandara, Y. M. W. Y., 01 Dec 2018, In : Global Business Review. 19, 6, p. 1436-1448 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Press / Media

    CSU announces gradual return for students, staff

    Yapa Bandara


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    New research into agricultural land use in Australia

    Eddie Oczkowski & Yapa Bandara


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media