Harini Weerasekera is a Research Officer at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka with research interests in the areas of taxation, labour and migration, and econometrics and economic modelling. She holds a BSc in Economics from University of London International Programmes and a BA in Economics from the University of Colombo, with First Class Honours. She also graduated with an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick where she authored a thesis on border tax evasion in Sri Lanka.

Research

Weerasekera, Harini (2019) ‘International Economic Environment’, in Sri Lanka: State of the Economy, (Ed.) Dushni Weerakoon, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Colombo

Hewage, Kithmina and Weerasekera, Harini (2019) ‘Changing Landscape of Development Finance in Post Conflict Sri Lanka” in “Diplomacy and World Affairs”. BIDTI, Sri Lanka.

Hewage, Kithmina and Weerasekera, Harini (2018) ‘Firm – Level Analysis of Manufacturing Sector Investment in Sri Lanka’, Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka.

“International Economic Environment”, Chapter in ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2018’ report

Kithmina Hewage and Harini Weerasekera

Tax Rates and Tax Evasion: An Empirical Investigation of Border Tax Evasion in Sri Lanka“, South Asia Journal of Economics, Vol 19 Issue 2, page no. 229-250.

Harini Weerasekera

2018

FDI Trends and Policy Implications, Kithmina Hewage and Harini Weerasekera

Changing Landscape of Development Finance in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka, Kithmina Hewage and Harini Weerasekera, 2018

Presentations

Presentation on ‘Tobacco Tax Modelling’

WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub Workshop Briefing on Tobacco Tax Modelling
Organized by IPS
14 January 2020
IPS, Colombo 07

Presentation on ‘Border Tax Evasion in Sri Lanka

ADB Regional Workshop on Economic Globalization Statistics
Organized by ADB
15 June 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia

Presentation on ‘Cross-border E-commerce Ecosystem in Sri Lanka
Building Bridges Digitally – E-Commerce and Its Potentials in South Asia

Organized by SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Confederation of Indian Industry

13 October 2018
Mount Lavinia Hotel

Presentation on ‘Border Tax Evasion in Sri Lanka: Are we calling Chickens Turkeys?’

IPS In House Seminar

17 August 2018

Panel Discussion on “Skilled Labor Migration and its Impact on the Local Community”

At the SDG Media Zone – Peace Expo 2017

Organized by the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in collaboration with the Road to Rights and UN SDG Action Campaign

Harini Weerasekera

10 December 2017

Independence Square premises

Commentary
Blogs
Media

“Emerge, struggle, exit: Sri Lanka’s retreating FDIs”, Echelon, October 2018

Interview about factors undermining economic reforms in Sri Lanka, Biz 1st Review 360, March 2018