ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Yapa Bandara

Dr Yapa Bandara

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

Bachelor of Arts( Development Studies), Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, 1981
Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Development , Colombo University, Sri Lanka, 1988
MBA, Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, 1992
Master of Arts (Economics), Colombo University, Sri Lanka, 1995
PhD in Economics, University of QLD, 2004
Graduate Certificate in University Teaching & Learning, Charles Sturt University, 2007


Peer-reviewed papers

Davaakhuu, O., Sharma, K. and Bandara, Y (2014), Export performance during economic transition in Mongolia', Economic Analysis and Policy. 44 (3), pp 442-450.

Bandara, Y.M., Karunaratne, N.D. (2013) Globalization, Policy Reforms and Productivity Growth in Developing Countries: Evidence from Sri Lanka. Global Business Review September 2013 vol. 14 no. 3 429-451 doi: 10.1177/0972150913496810

Oczkowski, E., Bandara, Y.M.  (2013) Modelling agricultural land use allocation in regional Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 57 (3) 422-440


Completed Projects

Achieving Balanced Growth in Domestic and External Markets in China., Hicks, J., Sharma, K., Basu, P.K. & Bandara, Y.   (2012-2014) Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship grant from AusAID,  $136,606 & CSU $26,930 Project details

Sustaining Economic Growth in China. Sharma, K. Hicks, J & Bandara, Y. Funded by AusAid's Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships Program. (2010-13) $158,000 Project details