Lakshila Wanigasinghe is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) currently working in the area of Poverty and Social Welfare research. Her research interests include education, poverty, health, development, social welfare as well as topics relating to law and economics. She holds a MSc in Economics with a concentration in Development Economics and a BA in Economics with concentrations in International, Financial and Law and Economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), US.