Ashani is an Economist with research interests in labour economics, economics of education, development economics, and microeconometrics. She holds a BA in Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Peradeniya and a Masters in International and Development Economics from the Australian National University.


Abayasekara, Ashani and Arunatilake, Nisha. 2018. “School-level resource allocation and education outcomes in Sri Lanka.International Journal of Educational Development, 61, 127—141.

Burke, Paul J. and Abayasekara, Ashani. 2018. “The price elasticity of electricity demand in the United States: A three-dimensional analysis.” The Energy Journal, 39(2), 123–145.

Are there Good Quality Teachers for All Classrooms in Sri Lanka?, by Nisha Arunatilake and Ashani Abayasekara, December 2017

Better Schools for Better O-Level Results in Sri Lanka, by Ashani Abayasekara and Nisha Arunatilake, November 2017



Presentation on ‘Shadow Education in Sri Lanka’

IPS In-house seminar
24 April 2018

Presentation on ‘Better Schools and Teachers for Better Education Outcomes in Sri Lanka

Organized by the Ministry of Education
11 April 2018


Presentation on ‘Education in Sri Lanka’

At the New Thinkers’ Symposium
Organized by IPS
27 February 2018

Presentation on “School-Level Bottlenecks in Improving O-Level Performance in Sri Lanka

IPS In House Seminar
10 July 2017


“Improving the quality of Education in Sri Lanka” (with Nisha Arunatilake), GlobalDev, March 2018.

Towards a knowledge based economy: Start with quality STEM teachers for every child!” (with Nisha Arunatilake), Talking Economics, February 2018.

Improving education in Sri Lanka: Priority Areas for Action” (with Harini Weerasekera), Talking Economics, February 2018.

(With Nisha Arunatilake) “Path to skills development: Helping Sri Lankan youth navigate the hurdle of O-Level”, Talking Economics, July 2017.


‘Better Schools for Better O-Level Results in Sri Lanka’ Report Launch, on State of Business by Art TV

Shortage of qualified teachers in math and science linked to poor O/L results: IPS – Daily FT, 29 Nov. 2017

Poor teacher recruitment policies hamper academic performance of govt. schools: IPS – Daily Mirror, 29 Nov. 2017

Sri Lanka experiencing shortage of teachers, despite surplus – IPS – News First, 29 Nov. 2017

Teach the teachers – Daily FT, 30 Nov. 2017

‘Better Schools for Better O-Level Results in Sri Lanka’ draws attention to the shortage of qualified and experienced teachers – The Island, 30 Nov. 2017

Lack of education faculties means poor quality teachers – Sunday Times, 03 Dec. 2017