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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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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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