Album of the 10th SLERC

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Detailed Agenda


1.30 – 2.00pm Registration 

2.00 – 2.10pm Lighting of Oil lamp 

2.10 – 2.15pm National Anthem 

2.15 - 2.25pm Welcome Speech by Chair/SLFUE – 2021, Prof. Jeevika Weerahewa 

2.25 – 2.30pm Address by Head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, Prof. Shamala Kumar

2.30 – 2.35pm Address by Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Prof. KASS Kodithuwakku

2.35 – 2.45pm Address by Vice-Chancellor, University of Peradeniya, Prof. M.D. Lamawansa

2.45 – 2.55pm Launching of SLJER Vol 9(2) and Proceedings of 10th SLERC 

2.55 – 3.05pm Address by Chief Guest, Secretary to Ministry of Education, Professor Kapila Perera  

3.05 – 3.45pm Keynote speech by Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy on Transitioning from a Twin-Deficit Economy to Sustained  and Sustainable Growth  

3.45 – 4.15pm Address by the Guest of Honour, Prof. Premachandra Athukorala on Sri Lanka’s balance of Payments Crisis:  What is the Way Out?  slides

4.15 – 4.45pm Tea Break 

4.45 – 5.15pm Felicitation for Dr. Nimal Sanderatne 

Reading citations for Dr. Nimal Sanderatne by Prof. LHP Gunaratne 

Special Address by Dr. Anura Ekanayake 

Launching of ‘Sri Lanka’s Economic and Social Development and Agrarian Policies: Selected Writings of  Nimal Sanderatne’ View

Felicitation Speech by Dr. Nimal Sanderatne 

5.15 – 5.30pm Pre-Review of SLJER Vol 9(2) by Dr. Priyanga Dunusinghe 

5.30 –7.00pm Panel Discussion on Role of Economics Education for Developing Sri Lanka 

Panelists: Dr. Harsha Athurupane, Lead Economist and Program Leader for Human Development for Sri  Lanka and the Maldives 

 Dr. Julien Picault, Associate Professor of Teaching at the University of British Columbia, Canada  Mr. R.H.W.A. Kumarasiri, Director General, Department of National Planning  

Moderated by Dr. Dilini Hemachandra 

7.00 – 7.05pm Vote of Thanks by Secretary SLFUE/2021, Dr. Pradeepa Korale- Gedara 

7.05 – 7.30pm 40th Committee meeting of SLFUE 

7.30 – 10.30pm Fellowship Dinner


Invited speech by Dr. Nihal Pitigala speech


Contributory Paper Sessions 1 & 2 (8.45 – 10.45 am): Oral Presentation




Session Theme

Session 1:

Response to Policy and Risk in Agriculture, Food Security and Export Competitiveness

Session 2:

Fiscal and Monetary Policy for Economic Growth


Prof. Udith Jayasinghe-Mudalige

Prof. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan

Discussant 1

Prof. G.C Samaraweera

Prof. A.A.M. Nufile

Discussant 2

Dr. L.P. Rupasena

Prof. Seetha Bandara

Discussant 3

Dr. M.W.A.C.S. Wijetunga

Dr. N. Keembiyahetti

Session Coordinator

Ms. Dasuni Dayananda

Ms. Imesha Waidyarathna

Technical Coordinator


8.45 – 9.05 am

The Effect of Banning Glyphosate on Weed Management: The Case of Tea Production in Sri Lanka

C. Rathnayake, B. Malcolm, G. Griffith, B. Farquharson, & A. Sinnett


Fiscal Effects of Demographic Transition in Sri Lanka: With Reference to Government Spending and Ageing Population

H.R.A.C. Thilanka


9.05 – 9.25 am

Impacts of Drought on household Food Security:  Evidence from Rural Sri Lanka

N. Kuruppuarachchi & S.P. Gunarathne


Financial Sector Developments and Economic Growth: Evidence from Sri Lanka

S. Ganepola & P. Jayasinghe


9.25 – 9.45 am

Dietary Diversity and its Determinants: A Study in Households in Mahakanamulla Area

N. Nayanathara & D. Hemachandra


Statistical Features of Exchange Rate Behaviour: Evidence from Sri Lanka

S. Mathusha


9.45 – 10.05 am

Risk Coping Strategies Adopted by Poultry Layer Farmers to Income Risk and their Determinants

I. Liyanagamage, P.M. Korale-gedara & W.N.U. Perera


Which Measure is More Effective to Sustain Fiscal Consolidation in Sri Lanka: Expenditure Cuts or Revenue Increases?

G.P. Paranamana


10.05 – 10.25 am

Improving Export Competitiveness of Sri Lanka Through Value Added Exports: A Case Study on Sri Lankan Cinnamon Industry

K.B.U. Perera, M.S.S. Perera & G.A.N. Perera


Regional Trade Integration in South Asia: An Analysis Based on a Trade Integration Index

A.S.P. Abhayaratne & M.G.C.N. Madadeniya


10.25 – 10.45 am

Understanding Farmers’ Decision to Move Away From Tobacco Cultivation in Sri Lanka

N. Dissanayaka & M. Thibbotuwawa


An Empirical Analysis of the Twin Deficits Hypothesis: The Case of Sri Lanka

J.M.D.P. Jayasundara


Contributory Paper Session 3 (8.45-9.45 am): Flash Presentations

Session Theme

Consumer Behavior, Tourism, and Other Services


Prof. Thusitha Kumara

Discussant 1

Prof. M.S.S. Perera

Discussant 2

Prof. B.W.K. Damayanthi

Discussant 3

Dr. W.H.M.S. Samarathunga

Session Coordinator

Ms. Menaka Rathnayake

Technical Coordinator


8.45 -9.00 am

Identifying Demographic Factors Influencing the Usage of Mobile Apps in Sri Lanka

A.A.H.W.S. Herath & M.R.G. Vijithasena


Green Entrepreneurial Intention of Young Generation: The Role of Gender

D.M.M. Sandeepani & G.C. Samaraweera


Corporate Governance Index and Financial Performance Evidence of Listed Family Firms: Evidence from Sri Lanka

P.W.K.K. Sarathchandra, D.H.S.W. Dissanayake & M.O.S. Mendis


Impact of Tourism on Employment Generation in Sri Lanka; A Time Series Analysis

E.V.D. Dilhani, A.J. Jayasekara & A. Gamage


9.00 - 9.15am

General Discussion

9.15 – 9.30am

Promoting Foreign Direct Investments in Sri Lanka: Lessons from Selected Asian Countries

O. Ranasinghe, S. Manjaree, & A. Abhayaratne


Teachers’ Perceptions in Adopting Blended Teaching and Learning Social Sciences

S. Samarasinghe & S. Weerawansa


Common Problems Faced by Non-government Organizations in Humanitarian Logistics Operation

S.W. Galbadaarachchi, P.D.U. Hasarangi, B.S.N. Fernando & W. Premarathne


9.30 – 9.45am

General Discussion

Contributory Paper Session 4 (9.45 – 10.45 am): Flash Presentations

Session Theme

Trade, Economic Growth and Sustainable Environment


Prof. Nawarathne Bandara

Discussant 1

R. M. S.D. Rathnayaka

Discussant 2

Dr. SP Vidanage

Discussant 3

Dr. Dayani Gunathilake

Session Coordinator

Mr. Sanjaya Bandara

Technical Coordinator


9.45 – 10.00am

The Impact of Exchange Rate Volatility on Industrial Exports in Sri Lanka

I.W. Rathnayaka


Diversifying the Energy Mix with Increased Share of Renewable and Inexhaustible Energy to Mitigate Climate Change

L.D.I. De Silva


The Impact of Health Status on Economic Growth in Sri Lanka

W.M. Tharangi Jayamali & K.H.I.S. Hettiarachchi


A Study on the Awareness of Peri-urban Sri Lankan Youth Towards Environmental Protection: A Case Study from Minuwangoda DS Division

K.W. Kashini Gimhani


10.00 -10.15 am

General Discussion

10.15 -10.30 am

Effectiveness of Environmental Taxation: Global Evidence 

D.T. de Alwis & D.V.P. Prasada


Can the Pollution Potential of Pesticides be Mediated by Trade in Food Production? Global Evidence

D.T. de Alwis & D.V.P. Prasada


Farmers' Attitudes on Moving Towards Organic Farming Practices in Sri Lanka

G.P. Paranamana & H.K. Sarath


Factors Influencing Consumers’ Buying Behavior of Organic Food in Sri Lanka: With Special Reference to Kegalle District

T.E.I. Dangalla & H.M.S. Priyanath


10.30 – 10. 45 am

General Discussion



11.00 – 11.45am Invited Speech 2 by Prof. Jay Bandaralage and Dr. Athula Naranpanawa: Assessing Economy-wide Impacts of Economic Policies 


11.45 – 12.30pm Invited Speech 3 by Dr. Herath Gunatilake: From the Main Text to an Annex Again? Environmental Management in Post Pandemic Recovery Period 


12.30 – 1.00pm Break

1.00 – 3.00pm Contributory Paper Sessions 5, 6, 7



       Session Theme

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Economics of Energy, Transport and Tourism

Entrepreneurship, Employment and Consumer Behavior

Environmental Sustainability and Social Enterprises


Prof. Anoma Abhayarathne

Prof. Shamala Kumar

Prof. P.S.K. Rajapakshe

Discussant 1

Prof. A.S. Kumarage

Prof. R.P.I.R. Prasanna

Prof. M.G. Kularathne

Discussant 2

Dr. Suresh Kanesh

Dr. S. Maheswaran

Prof. T. Bhavan

Discussant 3

Dr. Maneka Jayasinghe

Dr. A.C.M. Hanas

Dr. Vidyarathne Herath

Session Coordinator

Ms. Githmi Udagedara

Ms. Naduni Nayanathara

Mr. Eshan Uwaththa

Technical Coordinator


1.00 – 1.20 pm

An Assessment of Economic and Environmental Cost Involved in Domestic Air Transportation in comparison with Road Transport Alternatives: A case study on Colombo - Batticaloa Sector

T.L. Gunaruwan & M.H.S. Dilruskhi


Inclination Towards Green Entrepreneurship Among University Students: An Investigation with Management Students

B.S. Habaragoda


Pro-environmental Behavior as an Encouragement in Sustainability in the Workplace of Tea Factory Labour force in Sri Lanka

A.J. Jayasekara, A. Gamage & E.V.D. Dilhani


1.20 – 1.40 pm

Economic Cost of Road Traffic Accident Fatalities in Sri Lanka: An Empirical Analysis                             T.L. Gunaruwan &                             P.C.J. Nayanalochana


Key Factors Influencing Consumer Purchase Intention of Electric Cars in Sri Lanka

H.G.K.N. Bandara, A.N. Nuwan, D.A.M. Perera & S.W.G.K. Bulankulama


Technical and Environmental Efficiency of Asian Agriculture

R.M.C.R. Rathnayake, K.R.H.M. Ranjan & J.C. Edirisinghe


1.40 – 2.00 pm

National Sustainable Tourism Certification Scheme of Sri Lanka: Current Status, Issues and Lessons

M. Futagami & T. Kumara


Factors Determining the Level of Financial Literacy of the Youth Job Seekers of Sri Lanka

N. Keembiyahetti


Improving Productive Efficiency as an Adaptive Strategy for Climate Change: Evidence from South Asian Agriculture

K.M.K.H. Samaraweera, A.D.K.S.S. Somarathna & J.C. Edirisinghe


2.00 – 2.20 pm

An Econometric Study between Economic Growth and Electricity Consumption in Sri Lanka 

A. Gamage, E.V.D. Dilhani & A.J. Jayasekara

Entrepreneurial Alertness Amid the Pandemic - Social Enterprise Perspective

P.G.M.S.K. Gamage, T.G.A.H.C. Amarawansha, A.A.K.K. Jayawardhana, P.I.N. Fernando, J. Siyambalapitiya & M. Premadasa


Social Capital, Transaction Cost and Livelihood Development of Members of Sanasa Society in Badulla District, Sri Lanka

H.W.T. Jayathma & H.M.S. Priyanath


2.20 – 2.40 pm


Effect of Entrepreneurial Orientation on the Level of Success of Digital Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka

H.K.T.M. Wijethunga, K.A.S.S. Kodithuwakku & M.H.R. Abhayarathne


The Effect of Transaction Cost Determinants on Livelihoods of "Sanasa" Beneficiaries in Badulla District

H.R.N.R. Habaragamuwa & H.M.S. Priyanath


2.40 – 3.00 pm


The Determinants of Selection into Agricultural Self-employment in Sri Lanka 

J.N. Bogodage, R.A.P.I.S. Dharmadasa, A. Senaratne & W.G.R.L. Samaraweera


Inclusive Credit and the Co-operatives in Post-war Northern Sri Lanka: Analyzing the Expansion and Regulation of the Co-Operative Credit System

A. Kadirgamar




3.00 – 5.30pm: Break

5.30 – 8.00pm Special Session on ‘Consequence-Action-Consequence of COVID-19 for a quarter of humanity:  Assessing evidence from diverse countries and contexts in South Asia’


Moderated by Dr. Devesh Roy, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)







5.30 – 5.35pm

Introductory Remarks

Prof. Jeevika Weerahewa, Chair/SFUE-2021

5.35 – 5.45pm

Welcome Remarks 

Dr. Shahidur Rashid, Director, 

IFPRI South Asia

5.45 – 6.00pm

Impact of Covid on women home-based workers in South Asia

Ms.Navya Olivia D’Souza, Regional Coordinator, HomeNet South Asia

6.00 – 6.15pm

Changes in Food Insecurity in Rural Bangladesh During COVID-19

Dr. Mehrab Bakhtiar, Associate Research Fellow & Deputy Chief of Party in the Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division (PHND), IFPRI

6.15 – 6.30pm

Disruptions on rice, fish and shrimp value chains in Bangladesh

Mr.Razin Iqbal Kabir, Research Analyst,


6.30 – 6.45pm

Covid-19 Impacts on Maize Farmers in Nepal

Dr. Muzna Alvi, Research Fellow,


6.45 – 7.00pm

Food price hikes and food access during Covid-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka

Dr. Pradeepa Korale-Gedara, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya

7.00 – 7.15pm

Pakistan’s Case on Effects and Policy Responses to COVID-19

Mr. Abdul Wajid Rana, Program Leader, 

Pakistan Strategy Support Program, IFPRI

7.15 – 7.30pm

Why rural non-farm employment the conveyor of COVID shock is also the key to recovery

Ms.Ruchira Boss, Research Analyst,


7.30 – 7.50pm

Question and Answer session

Dr. Devesh Roy, Senior Research Fellow,


7.50 – 8.00pm

Concluding Remarks