Asanka Wijesinghe is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) with research interests in macroeconomic policy, international trade, labour and health economics. He is also interested in the impact of adjustment costs of trade, gravity modelling in trade, econometrics and the trade origins of populist politics. He has undertaken efficiency analyses, particularly public spending efficiency, using parametric and non-parametric efficiency analysis approaches.

Asanka holds a BSc in Agricultural Technology and Management from the University of Peradeniya, an MS in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from North Dakota State University, and an MS and PhD in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from The Ohio State University.

His latest research focused on the effect of global trade-induced labour market changes on voting behaviour in recent US elections, including the 2016 presidential election.

Research

Wijesinghe, W. (2020). “The Effect of Trump’s Trade War on the 2018 Congressional Election: Did China’s Soy Tariffs Affect Republican Vote Share?” Annual Meeting of Agricultural and Applied Economic Association-USA. Virtual Conference, July 26-28, 2020.

Wijesinghe, A. (2021). Chemical Fertilizer Imports and the Environment: Evidence-based Approach for a Green Economy Accounting for the TradeoffSri Lanka Journal of Economic Research, 9(1), pp.117–130.

Wijesinghe, A. (2019). “The Effect of China’s Soybean Tariff on the Republican Party’s Vote Share in the 2018 Congressional Election”. Social Science Research Network, Posted on 09 July 2021.

Wijesinghe, W.P.A.S. and Weerhewa, J. (2017). Structure, Conduct and Performance of the Rice Milling Industry of Sri Lanka: Evidence from Selected Cases. Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research, 4(2), pp 67-86.

Wijesinghe, W.P.A.S. (2014). Effects of Environmental Regulations on South Asian Food and Agricultural Exports: A Gravity Analysis. ARTNeT Working Paper No. 139, January 2014. Bangkok: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Presentations

Panellist on ‘Trade Connectivity as a Strategic Tool: Challenges and Opportunities for the EU and Sri Lanka’

At the Conference on EU Indo-Pacific Strategy through Sri Lanka’s Lens: Opportunities for Cooperation and Partnership
Organised by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI) and the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives
27 January 2022
LKI, Colombo
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Panellist on ‘Industrial Policy in the Age of the 4IR: South Asian Perspectives

At the Trade and Sustainability Hub parallel to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Meeting
Organised by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE)
02 December 2021
Online
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Presentation on ‘Caloric Consumption Efficiency and Import Dependency: Evidence from Sri Lanka’ (with Thilani Kaushalya)

At the Conference on Rural Economic Transformation: Pathways to Inclusive and Sustainable Prosperity in Post-COVID-19 Asia
Organised by the Asian Development Bank Institute
19 November 2021
Online
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Panellist on ‘Economics for the Times of Crisis: Sri Lanka’s Challenges and Opportunities’

At a discussion on the Current Economic Crisis in Sri Lanka

Organised by the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists (SLFUE)
29 October 2021
Online
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Presentation on ‘Food Loss in Trade: A case study of South Asia using the Import Refusal Reports of the United States Food and Drug Administration’
(with Thadchaigeni Panchgalingam)

At the Second SANEM International Development Conference (SIDC) 2021 on COVID-19 Recovery: Contexts and Priorities

17 June 2021
Online
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Presentation on ‘Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement: Initial framework and lessons from existing trade policy of South Asia’ at the Second SANEM International Development Conference (SIDC) 2021 on “COVID-19 Recovery:  Contexts and Priorities” on 17 June 2021 held online.

Presentation on ‘The Economic Inequality and Left-Wing Populism in the US-Evidence from Democratic Primary-2016’ at the Annual Meeting of Mid-West Economic Association-USA on 22 March 2021 held online.

Commentary
Blogs
Media

FTAs: Are We Gaining or Giving?, The Morning, 06 February 2022.

GSP+ and Sri Lanka, What Next?, Face the Nation, TV1, 04 October 2021.

Trade in the Pandemic Era: A One-year Assessment, Sunday Observer, 20 June 2021

Purpose of Import Ban Going Up In Smoke? The Morning, 06 June 2021.

Trade in the Pandemic Era: A One-year Assessment, Lanka Business Online, 02 June 2021.