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 is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. His previous positions/assignments include: Lecturer in Economics at Charles Sturt University, Sessional Lecturer at Griffith University, and Tutorial Fellow at The University of Queensland. Yapa has also been a senior academic staff at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka and held many academic and administrative responsibilities including: the Director - Staff Development Unit, Senior Lecturer, Student Councillor, Academic Sub-Warden of a student hostel, and the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Commerce (External) Degree Program. He has also worked as an Assistant Research Officer at University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, Research Investigator at the Agrarian Research & Training Institute of Sri Lanka and also as the Secretary, Sri Lanka Association of Economists.

Yapa has over 30 years of teaching experience, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, in the areas of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics, Business Economics,  Forecasting for Business, Managerial Economics for Business Strategy, Macroeconomic Analysis, Business and Economic Environment, Economics for Business, International Economics, Financial Management and Financial Institutions and Markets.

His current research interests are in the field of Applied Economics, with particular interest in Efficiency and Productivity analysis, Policy reforms, Foreign Investments, growth and Development, Immigration, Regional Migration and Regional Economies. He is skillful in Econometric Modeling and his recent work has involved modeling for Panel Data.

He is also the author of a number of journal articles, book chapters, and a co-author of an edited book. His research papers have been published in well reputed Journals such as Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Journal of Asian Economics, Journal of Economic Issues, Australian Journal of Regional Studies and Economic Analysis and Policy.

He has secured grant funding individually and collaboratively from local and foreign organizations and possesses skills in organizing international conferences/workshops.

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Teaching Responsibilities

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

Commitment to Teaching & Learning

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

Administrative commitments / positions held

  • Coordinator of the B Bus (Honours) program 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
  • Member of the Human Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Business, CSU

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Research Focus

Yapa's current research interests are in the following areas:

  • Efficiency and Productivity analysis,
  • Policy reforms, Foreign Investments, Growth and Development,
  • Immigration, Regional Migration and Regional Economies
Research Grants
  • Pernod Ricard Asia grant of $736,000 in 2017 for the collaborative project - Asia Pacific International Spirits and Wines Alliance - Tax Modelling and Policy Engagement Services - with David Widdowson, Robert Preece, Eddie Oczkowski.
  • Aus-Aid grant of $136,606 in 2012 for the project: "Achieving balanced growth in China" with John Hicks, Kishor Sharma, and PK Basu.
  • Aus-Aid Grant of $143,855 in 2011 for the project: "Sustaining Economic Growth in China" with Kishor Sharma and John Hicks.
  • Institute of Land Water & Society (ILWS) Research Fellowship Grant of $28,000 during Spring 2007 to identify and develop research projects that promote regional development.
  • Asia-Pacific Futures Research Network grant of $10,000 in 2007 for the project:  'Health and Education Implications of China's Accession to WTO".
  • Charles Sturt University Competitive Grant of $12,000 in 2006 for the project, "Determinants of Australia's Foreign Direct Investment" with Kishor Sharma.
Recent Research Supervisions
  • Associate Supervisor of the PhD research titled ""Development Strategies, Foreign Trade Regime and Structural Change in Mongolian Economy"
  • Principle Supervisor of the Honours research project titled "The Determinants of China's Export Trade: An Analysis of Export Performance; 1970 – 2010"

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Selected Publications

Books
  • WTO Accession and Socio-Economic Development in China (2009). (edited with PK Basu), Chandos Publishing (Oxford) Limited, UK; now under Elsevier Inc.
Book Chapters
  • Parikshit K Basu and Yapa M W Y Bandara (2009). Chapter 1, “Introduction: Socio-economic development in China: WTO Accession and related issues”, 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). Chapter 7, “FDI Spillovers - the strategy for Chinese economic development”, 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). Chapter 12, “Concluding remarks”, 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), Chapter 12, “Inflation in Sri Lanka since independence”, in C.A Tisdell & W.D. Lakshman (2000) Eds in Sri Lanka's Development since Independence: Socio- Economic Perspectives and Analyses, , Nova Science Publishers, Inc., NY.
Journal Articles
  • Yapa M.W.Y. Bandara, Kishor Sharma and Debajyoti Chakrabarty (2019), “Trends, patterns and determinants of production sharing in Australian manufacturing”, Economic Analysis and Policy, (forthcoming Vol. 62,  June 2019) 1-11, Available online19 November 2018.
  • Oyunbadam Davvakhuu, Kishor Sharma and Yapa M. W. Y. Bandara, (2018), “Trade Liberalisation and import intensity in Mongolian Manufacturing”, Global Business Review; Vol. 19 (6), 1-14.
  • Rob Preece, Eddie Oczkowski, Yapa Bandara and Kontee Nuchaswan (2018),Development of an econometric model of alcohol taxation in Vietnam”, World Customs Journal, Vol. 12 (2), 133-168.
  • Yan Li, Qin Sun, Yapa M. W. Y. Bandara, Kishor Sharma, John Hicks and P K Basu (2018), “The Economic Impact of Ecotourism on Regional China: Further Evidence from Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces”, Global Business Review, Vol. 19 (3), 1-10.
  • Oyunbadam Davaakhuu; Kishor Sharma and Yapa M.W.Y. Bandara (2015), “Determinants of   
    Foreign Direct Investment during economic transition in Mongolia”, Australian Journal
    of Regional Studies
    , Vol. 21 (1), 138-158.
  • Shi Yutian, John Hicks, P. K. Basu, Kishor Sharma Yapa Bandara, and Tom Murphy (2015), “Balancing Act: Adjustment of China's Economy to Secure Sustainable Growth”, The Singapore Economic Review, Vol.62, (5), 1097-1114.
  • Oyunbadam Davaakhuu; Kishor Sharma and Yapa M.W.Y. Bandara (2014), “Export Performance during Economic Transition in Mongolia, Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 44 (4), 442-450.
  • Oyunbadam Davaakhuu, Kishor Sharma and Yapa Bandara (2014), “Foreign Direct Investment in a transition economy: Lessons from the experience of Mongolia”, Global Business Review, Vol. 15 (4), 663-675.
  • Yapa M. W. Y. Bandara & Neil D Karunaratne (2013), Globalisation, Policy Reforms and Productivity Growth in Developing Countries, Evidence from Sri Lanka”, Global Business Review, Vol. 14 (3), 429 - 451.
  • Eddie Oczkowski and Yapa Bandara (2013), "Modelling agricultural land use allocation in regional Australia", Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 57 (3), 422–440.
  • Yapa Bandara and Neil D Karunaratne (2010), "An empirical analysis of Sri Lanka's Manufacturing Productivity Slow-down", Journal of Asian Economics, Vol.21 (4), 391-403.
  • Kishor Sharma and Yapa Bandara (2010), "Trends, Patterns and Determinants of Australian Foreign Direct Investments". Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. XLIV (3) 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 (1),  June 2004, 3-36.

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Professional

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

Examiner of more than 10 Higher Degree Research Theses from Australian and foreign universities

Member of Thesis Examination Committee of Charles Sturt University

Awards
  • Faculty of Business Academic Excellence Award, 2011
  • 2013 Faculty award for publications in high ranking journals (A and A*)
  • 2007 Research Centre Fellowship, Institute of Land Water and Society, CSU
  • Faculty of Business Subject Team Award for FIN211: Financial Management, 2015

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