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.


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.