Harini Weerasekera is a Research Economist 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.
Arunatilake, N., Weerasekera, H. and Thilanka, C. (2020), Elasticity Estimates for Cigarettes in Sri Lanka, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.
Weerasekera, H. (2020), ‘COVID-19 and Global Economic Developments’ in Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2020, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.
Hewage, K., and Weerasekera, H. (2020), Social Media for Business: An Initial Scoping Exercise for Sri Lanka, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.
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.
Social Media for Business (2018)
“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.
Recruitment Intermediaries in the Foreign Employment Industry – Sri Lanka, Bilesha Weeraratne and Harini Weerasekera
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
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
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
10 December 2017
Independence Square premises
Taxing Tobacco: What Did Budget 2021 Miss? Talking Economics, December 2020.
A Win-Win Strategy: Why the Government Should Increase Tobacco Taxation in the Forthcoming Budget, Talking Economics, November 2020.
Building Back Better: Reviving Sri Lanka’s Economy Beyond COVID-19, Talking Economics, October 2020.
Reducing Health Costs and Increasing Government Revenue beyond COVID-19: A Case for Raising Cigarette Taxes in Sri Lanka, Talking Economics, May 2020.
Coping with COVID-19: Economics of Social Media Based Business in Sri Lanka during Crises, Talking Economics, May 2020.
Cigarette Smuggling in Sri Lanka: Hype vs. Reality, Talking Economics, October 2019
South Asia’s Trajectory through Innovations and Disruptions in the 4IR, Talking Economics, October 2019
Digitising the Economic Space: Enter, Entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka!, Talking Economics, April 2019
“Towards a High Middle Income Sri Lanka: Recipe for Transition”, Talking Economics, IPS, July 2018
“Chickens, Turkeys, and Tariffs – A First Attempt at Measuring Border Tax Evasion in Sri Lanka”, Talking Economics, IPS, November 2018
Economic Reforms in Sri Lanka: Salvation or a Recipe for Inaction?, Talking Economics, IPS, March 2018
Improving Education in Sri Lanka: Priority Areas for Action, Talking Economics, IPS, February 2018
Where have all the Workers Gone? ‘Sectoral Mismatch’ between Labour Demand and Supply in Sri Lanka, Talking Economics, IPS, January 2018
“Sri Lanka Budget 2018: Will Clarity in Thought Translate to Clarity in Action?”, Talking Economics, IPS, November 2017
Sri Lanka Illegal Cigarettes, Beedi Switching Claims Likely Exaggerated: Researcher, Economynext, October 2019
“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