Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Yapa Bandara

Dr Yapa Bandara

BA Development Studies (SJP) PG. Dip. Econ. Development (Colombo) MBA (SJP); MA Econ. (Colombo) PhD Econ (QLD), Grad Cert in University Teaching & Learning (CSU)

Yapa Bandara has many years of teaching experience at university level in Australia and overseas. Prior to the commencement of his PhD research work at the University of Queensland in 1998 and later joining the CSU, Yapa had been a senior academic staff member at the University of Sri Jayewardenepure, Sri Lanka and held many academic and administrative responsibilities. He has taught/coordinated a wide range of subjects in Business and Economics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

His current research interests include: Policy reforms and economic growth in developing countries, Productivity and Efficiency Analysis and Trade and Investment related issues. He is also the author of a number of journal articles, book chapters, and a co-author of an edited book.

Top of page


Teaching Responsibilities

  • ECO130: Business Economics
  • ECO240: Forecasting for Business
  • FIN230: Financial Institutions and Markets
  • FIN 211: Financial Management
  • ECO511: Economics for Business

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Coordinator BBus (Honours) program in Wagga Wagga Campus
  • Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee of the School of Commerce

Top of page


Research Focus

Yapa's research interests are primarily on Foreign Direct Investment, Trade and development, Growth and productivity, Productivity and Efficiency Analysis. Some of his past research has focused on Trade liberalisation and productivity growth in manufacturing sector in Sri Lanka, Technical Efficiency growth in manufacturing Industries in Sri Lanka, Role of FDI in China's Economic Development and Determinants of Australian Outward Foreign Direct Investment.

His recent contribution to Teaching & Learning includes the DVD /CD on "Report Writing in Economics" developed with Professor Eddie Oczkowski, School of Management and Marketing, Charles Sturt University.

Areas of research interest
  • Economic growth and development related issues in China
  • Trade and Investment in Developing Countries
  • Productivity and growth
  • Efficiency analysis

Grants and Awards:

    Research Grants:

    1.  Aus-Aid grant of $136,606 in 2012 for the project:  "Achieving balanced growth in China" with John Hicks, Kishor Sharma, and PK Basu.
     
    Outcome:            (i).        Training provided to 6 Chinese Scholars at CSU.
                                (ii).        Few Journal articles are being edited.

    2.  Faculty of Business Compact funding of $8,000 in 2012 for the project: "Role of production fragmentation in Australian Trade pattern" with Kishor Sharma.

    Outcome:             One journal article is being written

    3.  Aus-Aid Grant of $143,855 in 2011 for the project: "Sustaining Economic Growth in China" with Kishor Sharma and John Hicks.
     
    Outcome:             (i).        Training provided to 6 Chinese scholars at CSU.
                                 (ii).        Few Journal submissions.

    4.  Institute of Land Water & Society (ILWS) Teaching Buy-Out Grant of $28,000 during Spring 2007 to identify and develop research projects that promote regional development.

    Outcome:            Eddie Oczkowski and Yapa Bandara (2013), "Modelling agricultural land
                                use allocation in regional Australia"
    , Australian Journal of Agricultural
                                and Resource Economics, 57, pp. 422–440.

    5.  Asia-Pacific Futures Research Network grant of $10,000 in 2007 for the project:  'Health and Education Implications of China's Accession to WTO".

    Outcome:            (i).        International conference held at CSU, Wagga Wagga campus,
                                             in April 2008 on Socio Economic Development in China.

                                 (ii).       "WTO Accession and Socio-Economic Development in China",
                                              edited book with PK Basu (2009), Chandos Publishing (Oxford)
                                              Limited, UK; now under Elsevier Inc.

                                 (iii).      Three book chapters in the above book.

    6.  CSU Competitive Grant of $12,000 in 2006 for the project, "Determinants of Australia's  Foreign Direct Investment"  with Kishor Sharma.

    Outcome:              Kishor Sharma and Yapa Bandara(2010), "Trends, Patterns and
                                  Determinants of Australian Foreign Direct Investments". Journal of
                                  Economic Issues
    , Vol. XLIV, Number 3, pp.661-676

    7.  Learning & Teaching grant of $2,000 in 2006 for developing a Digital Learning and Teaching material on 'How to write an Analytical/Research/Project Report in ECO 120 Macroeconomics'.

     Outcome:           (i)         A CD/ DVD on "Report Writing in Economics" was produced,                                          revised and made available to both DE and internal ECO120                                          students from Spring 2008.

                                 (ii).       Conference presentation at the CSUED 2019.

                                 (iii).       A journal article is being written with Barney Dalgano on the
                                             "Evaluation of the CD/DVD on report writing in Economics".

Research Project Supervision

   Recent Research Supervisions:

  • Associate Supervisor of the PhD research titled ""Development Strategies, Foreign Trade Regime and Structural Change in Mongolian Economy" by Oyunbadam Davaakhuu (completed).
  • Principle Supervisor of the Honours research project titled "The Determinants of China's Export Trade: An Analysis of Export Performance; 1970 – 2010" by Gavin Hase (currently on leave of absence).

Top of page


Selected Publications

Books
  • "WTO Accession and Socio-Economic Development in China", edited with PK Basu (2009) Chandos Publishing (Oxford) Limited, UK; now under Elsevier Inc.
Book Chapters
  • Parikshit K Basu and Yapa M W Y Bandara (2009). Socio-economic development in China: WTO accession and related issues. Chapter 1, in PK Basu and Yapa Bandara (2009), Eds "WTO Accession and Socio-Economic Development in China", Chandos Publishing Limited, Oxford OX28 4BN, United Kingdom (June 2009).
  • Wang Wei and Yapa M W Y Bandara (2009). FDI spillovers - the strategy for Chinese economic development. Chapter 7, in PK Basu and Yapa Bandara (2009), Eds "WTO Accession and Socio-Economic Development in China", Chandos Publishing Limited, Oxford OX28 4BN, United Kingdom (June 2009).
  • Parikshit K Basu and Yapa M W Y Bandara (2009). Concluding remarks. Chapter 12, in PK Basu and Yapa Bandara (2009), Eds "WTO Accession and Socio-Economic Development in China", Chandos Publishing Limited, Oxford OX28 4BN, United Kingdom (June 2009).
  • Neil D Karunaratne & Yapa M W Y Bandara (2000). Inflation in Sri Lanka since independence. Chapter 12 in Sri Lanka's Development since Independence: Socio- Economic Perspectives and Analyses, Eds C.A Tisdell & W.D. Lakshman, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., NY.
Journal Articles
  • Yapa Bandara & Neil D Karunaratne (2013)  "Globalisation, Policy Reforms and Productivity Growth  in Developing Countries, Evidence from Sri Lanka, Global Business Review, 14 (3),   pp 429  - 451.
  • Eddie Oczkowski and Yapa Bandara (2013), "Modelling agricultural land use allocation in regional Australia", Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 57, pp. 422–440.
  • Oyunbadam Davaakhuu, Kishor Sharma and Yapa Bandara (accepted in 2013), "Foreign Direct Investment in a transition economy: The case of Mongolia", Global Business Review, forthcoming (January-February 2015).
  • Yapa Bandara and Neil D Karunaratne (2010), "An empirical analysis of Sri Lanka's Manufacturing Productivity Slow-down", Journal of Asian Economics, Vol.21, pp.391-403.
  • Kishor Sharma and Yapa Bandara(2010), "Trends, Patterns and Determinants of Australian Foreign Direct Investments". Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. XLIV, Number 3, pp.661-676.
  • Neil D. Karunaratne and Yapa Bandara (2004); "Technical Efficiency of Sri Lanka's Manufacturing Industries  Post-Trade Liberalisation";  Sri Lanka  Economic Journal, Vol.5, No.1,  June 2004, pp. 3-36.
Review of Journal articles
  • District Level Total Factor Productivity in Agriculture: Western Cape Provinces, South Africa, 1592-2002. Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Trade Liberalisation, Exit, and Output and Employment Adjustment of Australian Manufacturing Establishments. Review of Industrial Organisation.
Refereed Conference Papers
  • Oyunbadam Davaakhuu, Kishor Sharma and Yapa Bandara, (2012), "Trends, Patterns and Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in Mongolia", the paper presented at the 27th International Conference of the American Committee for Asian Economic Studies (ACAES)-Financial Econometrics group (FEG) at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, 26-27 October, 2012.
  • Wang Wei and Yapa Bandara (2008), "FDI Spillovers in Chin, The case of Tianjin and other  selected Provinces", the paper presented at the conference on "Socio-Economic development in China" held at the Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga during 21-22 April 2008.
  • Kishor Sharma and Yapa Bandara (2007), "Geographic Determinants of Australian Foreign Direct Investments" with Kishor Sharma, Conference Proceedings, International Conference on Trade and Industry (IECTI) 2007, held 3-5 December, 2007, Penang, Malaysia.
  • Yapa Bandara (2006), Structural Transformation and Total Factor Productivity (TFP) Growth in Manufacturing: The Case of Sri Lanka, 35th Australian Conference of Economists, 26th -28th September, 2006, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia.  
  • Yapa Bandara (2004), "Technical Efficiency of Manufacturing Industries: Sri Lanka's Experience in the Post-Trade Liberalisation Period", the paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Productivity Conference 2004, 14-16 July, Brisbane, Australia.  
  • Yapa Bandara (2004), "Technical Efficiency of Manufacturing Industries: Sri Lanka's Experience in the Post-Trade Liberalisation Period", the paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Productivity Conference 2004, 14-16 July, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Yapa Bandara, Neil D. Karunaratne and J Bandara (1999), "Trade Liberalisation and Labour Productivity Empirics on Sri Lanka: A Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) analysis", the paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference on Sri Lanka Studies held at Canberra,  Australia, 3-6, December, 1999.
  • Yapa Bandara (1998),  "Inflation and the Exchange Rate in the Post-Independent Sri Lanka: A VECM Analysis", the paper presented at the Symposium on Sri Lanka's Development Since Independence, organised by the Department of Economics, University of Queensland, held on 18th December, 1998, at the same university.

Working Papers:

  • Yapa Bandara (September 2007), "What caused Sri Lanka's Manufacturing Productivity slow-down by the turn of the Century, Technical Inefficiency or lack of Technical Progress? Working Paper Series No.11/07, Faculty of Commerce, Charles Sturt University.
  •  Yapa Bandara (September 2006), "Trade Liberalisaton and Productivity Growth in the Manufacturing Sector: The Case of Sri Lanka" ; Working Paper No. 12/06, School of Commerce, Charles Sturt University, September 2006.
Working Papers
  • Yapa M W Y Bandara (2007). What caused Sri Lanka's manufacturing productivity slow-down by the turn of the century, technical inefficiency or lack of technical progress? Working Paper Series No.11/07, Faculty of Commerce, Charles Sturt University.
  • Yapa M W Y Bandara (2006). Trade liberalisaton and productivity growth in the manufacturing sector: The Case of Sri Lanka" ; Working Paper No. 12/06, School of Commerce, Charles Sturt University, September 2006.
Seminars
  • Yapa Bandara (2008), "FDI and China's Economic Boom: A case of transition to Market Economy under Socialist    Ideology" the Seminar presented at the School of Commerce, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, July 2008.
  • Yapa Bandara, Eddie Oczkowski, and Deb Murdoch (2007), Developing Innovative Teaching/Learning Materials: Report Writing in Economics, the Seminar presented at the School of Commerce, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. September 2007.
  • Yapa Bandara (2007), "Decomposition of TFP growth of Sri Lanka's Manufacturing Industries", the seminar presented at the School of Commerce, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, September, 2007.
  • Yapa Bandara (2005), Trade Liberalisation and Productivity Performance of Sri Lankan Manufacturing Industries, the Seminar presented at the School of Commerce, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. July, 2005.
  • Yapa Bandara (2005), "Australia-Thailand Trade Relations", the presentation to the Regional Forum, held at the Wagga Wagga City Council on 12th October 2005, in the event of the visit to Wagga Wagga by Her Excellency Miss Suchitra Hiranprueck, Ambassador of Thailand to the Commonwealth of Australia.
Ongoing Projects
  • Eddie Oczkowski and Yapa Bandara, "Modelling the Economic Drivers of Agricultural Land Use Change in Australia". This is one of the projects commenced under Teaching Buy-out grant mentioned above.
  • Revising and re-writing the research proposal on "Economics of Cotton Production in Australia". Expected outcome: Few conference papers and journal articles.
  • Professional associations, professional activities and consultancies: Economic Society of Australia, NSW Branch.

Top of page


Professional

Affiliations:

  • Reviewer of several journals including:         
    (i).   Review of Industrial Organisations
    (ii).  Agricultural Economics
    (iii). Thunderbird International Business Review 
    (iv).  Applied Economics
  • Examiner of several Masters, DBA and PhD theses.
  • Member of Economics Society of Australia (NSW)

Commitment to Teaching & Learning:

  • Produced a CD/DVD Rom on "Report Writing in Economics" with Eddie Oczkowski for undergraduate students in Bachelor of Business programmes at Charles Sturt University.


Administrative commitment:

  • Coordinator of the B Bus Honours programme at Charles Sturt University Wagga   Wagga Campus.
  • Member of the School of Accounting and Finance Assessment Committee.
  • Member of the  School of Accounting and Finance  Teaching & Learning Committee
  • Convenor of undergraduate and postgraduate subjects.

Awards:

  • Academic Excellence Award in 2011.
  • 2013 Faculty award/appreciation for publications in high ranking journals (A and A*).

Top of page