Priyanka Jayawardena is a Research Economist with research interests in Economics of Education and Health, Labour & Migration, Distributional and equity analysis.

Priyanka has around 14 years of research experience at IPS. She has worked as consultant to international organizations including World Bank, ADB and UNICEF. She has conducted numerous research studies relating to the human resource development in Sri Lanka for a variety of development partners and various government ministries. Many of her research has been published in peer reviewed national and international journals and book chapters.

She holds a B.Sc (Hons) specialized in Statistics and an MA in Economics, both from the University of Colombo.

Advisory work

Served in the Committee on ‘Labor Market Study’ at National Human Resources Development Council (NHRDC).

Served in the committee on prioritising issues for increasing the allocation for secondary education

Served in the National Steering Committee for Employable Disables, Department of Labour.

Research

M. Thibbotuwawa, P. Jayawardena, N. Arunatilake, and N. Gunasekera, (forthcoming), Living Wage Report: Sri Lanka Estate Sector, Global Living Wage Coalition

Jayawardena, P and Miller, R (forthcoming), “Bridging Skills for Employment in Sri Lanka” in “Fostering Skilled Workforce for a Competitive Economy: Sri Lanka “, Asian Development Bank and International Labour Organization

Jayawardena, P., 2017, Why People Choose to Participate in the Non-Standard Forms of Employment in Sri Lanka, Labour Economics Series No 19, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

Arunatilake, N. and P. Jayawardena, 2017, “Accounting for Social Effects of Tax Reforms” in Tax Policy in Sri Lanka, edited by Saman Kelegama, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

Jayawardena, P. and M. Abeyawickrama, 2016, Barriers and Opportunities in the Provision of Education for Children with Learning Disabilities in Sri Lanka, Report prepared for UNICEF

B, F. Kratke, P. Jayawardena, L. Rodrigues and A. Wijesinha, 2015, Manufacturing Progress? Employment Creation in Sri Lanka, Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

 

 

Jayawardena, P. (2014), Underlying causes of child and maternal malnutrition in the estate sector of Sri Lanka, Journal of South Asian Studies Vol 02. No(03), 241-255.

 

Jayawardena, P. (2014), “Can People in Sri Lanka’s Estate Sector Break Away from Poor Nutrition?”, Health Economics Series No 1, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

Jayawardena, P. (2014) “Healthy Youth for Development” in “Youth and Development, Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for Sri Lankan Youth”, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development/Sri Lanka Youth National Youth Services Council & Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Jayawardena, P. (2014) “Education for Youth” in “Youth and Development, Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for Sri Lankan Youth”, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development/Sri Lanka Youth national youth services council & Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Arunatilake, N. and Jayawardena, (2013), “School funding formulas in Sri Lanka”, background paper prepared for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014, Paris: UNESCO.

 

Jayawardena, P. (2012), “Socio-Economic Determinants and Inequalities in Child Malnutrition in Sri Lanka”, Well-Being and Social Policy Journal, Vol. 8 Number 1, pp. 1-22.

N, P. Jayawardena, A. Wijesinha, (2012), “Tax reforms in Sri Lanka – will a tax on public servants improve progressivity?” PEP Working paper 2012-13

 

Jayawardena, P, (2012), Chapter on “Bridging Human Development Gaps: Education” in Sri Lanka National Human Development Report, UNDP/IPS.

N and P.  Jayawardena. (2011) “Equity in Education and Health Services in Sri Lanka” in ” Equity and Well-Being Measurement and Policy Practice”, Ed Hyun Hwa Son, Routledge

N, P. Jayawardena. and D. Weerakoon, (2011). “Migration, Remittances and Development in Sri Lanka” in “Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia”, Ed Saman Kelegama Sage Publication Pvt Ltd

Arunatilake, N. and Jayawardena (2010) “Why people choose to participate in the informal sector in Sri Lanka?” The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 53, No.2, p 225-250.

 

Arunatilake, N. and Jayawardena, (2010), “Labor Market Trends and Outcomes in Sri Lanka”, Gunatilaka. R, M. Mayer, and M. Vodopivec, eds., The challenge of youth employment in Sri Lanka. Washington, DC : The World Bank, pp: 19-48

Arunatilake, N. and Jayawardena, (2010), “Explaining Labor Market Imbalance in Sri Lanka: Evidence from Jobsnet Data”, Gunatilaka. R, M. Mayer, and M. Vodopivec, eds., The challenge of youth employment in Sri Lanka. Washington, DC : The World Bank, pp: 69-88

Arunatilake, N. and Jayawardena, (2010), “Formula Funding and Decentralized Management of Schools; Has it Improved Resource Allocation in Schools in Sri Lanka?”, International Journal of Educational Development, Vol. 30 issue 1, pp. 44-53, January 2010

Jayawardena, P. (2008), The employees’ provident fund of Sri Lanka – Management and performance challenges in the investment of Fund” , Sri Lanka Labour Gazette, 59 No. 2 2008

Tilakaratna G, Jayawardena, T. Kumara, and R. De Silva, October 2006, “Economic Growth, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Sri Lanka” Sri Lankan case study for UNDP regional centre in Colombo International Labour Office Geneeva, (2007), “Asian Experience on Economic growth, Employment and Poverty”

 

Presentations

Presentation on ‘Nutrition interventions and data collection tool for Public Expenditure Review for Nutrition in Sri Lanka’

Technical Working Group Consultation
Organised by the World Bank and UNICEF
12 December 2018
Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo

Presentation on ‘Precarious Employment Practices in Sri Lanka & Protecting Labour Rights

Conference on Addressing Labour’s Precariousness in Sri Lanka and Beyond
Organised by the International Centre For Ethnic Studies
01 – 02 February 2018
Colombo

Presentation on ‘Socio-Economic Determinants of Child Malnutrition & Disproportionate Burden on the Poor

Investing in Nutrition for Economic Prosperity, Annual Scientific Sessions of the Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka
Organised by the Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka
27- 28 January 2018
Hotel Galadari, Colombo

Why People Choose to Participate in the Temporary Forms of Employment in Sri Lanka

Organized by the Department of Manpower and Employment
12 September 2017
Department of Manpower and Employment

Living Wage Study for the Estate Sector of Sri Lanka

At the Stakeholder Validation Workshop
Organized by IPS, Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC), and Fairtrade International (FLO)
24 August 2017
Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium

Distributional Impact of Fiscal Policy

Priyanka Jayawardena
At the Evidence-Based Policy for Poverty Reduction Workshop
Organized by the World Bank
08 May 2017
Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo

“Why People Choose to Participate in Non-Standard forms of Employment in Sri Lanka?”

National Symposium on Labour and Employment

Organized by Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations

Hotel Janaki

4 November, 2016.

“Bridging Skills for Employment in Sri Lanka”

ADB Country Diagnostic study Consultation Workshop

Organized by ADB

Hilton Hotel

19 August, 2016.

 

Malnutrition in the Plantation Sector

Workhop to facilitate the “Formulation of 10 Year National Plan of Action for Social Development of the Plantation Community”

Organized by Ministry of Plantation Infrastructure Development

Taj Samudra Hotel

30 April, 2015.

“Wage Differentials in a Segmented Labour Market”

World Statistics Day:  National seminar

Organized by the Department of Census and Statistics, Colombo

20 October, 2015.

Socio-economic Determinants of Child and Maternal Malnutrition in the Estate Sector of Sri Lanka

Second International Conference on “Global Public Health”

Organized by International Center for Research & Development (ICRD)

Negombo, Sri Lanka

3 – 4 July, 2014.

Socio-economic Determinants of Child Malnutrition and the Disproportionate Burden on the Poor : Sri Lanka

International Conference on Global Public Health (GPH 2012)

Hotel Galadari, Colombo

3-4 December, 2012.

Women and men in informal sector – Sri Lanka

South Asia Gender Summit 2012

Paradise Beach Hotel, Negombo

4-6 September, 2012.

Tax reforms in Sri Lanka – will a tax on public servants improve progressivity?”

Annual PEP General Meeting

Cambodia

5-9 December, 2011.

Impact of Remittance on the Household Welfare of the Emigrants in Sri Lanka

Asia Forum on Remittances and Development organized by the Project Consultancy unit of SEEDS (Gte) Ltd in collaboration with Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI)

Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo

11 – 12 January, 2011.

Employability of Disables

Steering Committee on the Employment of Disabled Persons

Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower

1 September, 2010.

“Use of Official Statistics” to mark the World Statistics Day

Organised by Department of Census and Statistics

Sri Lanka Foundation Institute

20 October, 2010.

Population, Labour force, Employment and Underemployment in Sri Lanka

Economic Literacy Programme organised by National Association for Trade Union Research and Education (NATURE)

Grand Orient Hotel, Colombo

02 November, 2010.

Why People Choose to Participate in the Informal Sector in Sri Lanka

International conference on “The Informal Sector in South Asia: Organizational Dynamics, Institutional Determinants, Inter-linkages and Development”

Organized by the Institute of Economic Growth and the University of Delhi,

New Delhi, India

27-28 July, 2009.

 

Commentary
Blogs

Priyanka Jayawardena, Education Matters: Addressing Inequities and Skills Development Gaps in Sri Lanka, IPS, Talking Economics, 13 August 2018

Priyanka Jayawardena, Malnutrition in Sri Lanka: A Persistent Problem, IPS, Talking Economics, 09 April 2018

Jayawardena, P., June 19, 2017 “Bridging the Skill Gap: A Challenge in Sri Lanka’s Quest for Economic Growth”, Talking Economics

Jayawardena Priyanka, Nov 16, 2016 Burning health costs for poor in Sri Lanka, IPS Talking Economics, 

Jayawardena Priyanka, Feb 19, 2016 Transforming Manpower employment to decent work of quality, IPS Talking Economics

Jayawardena Priyanka, Jul 17, 2015, Sri Lanka needs equal access to Science Education, IPS Talking Economics

Jayawardena Priyanka, June 26, 2014, Sri Lanka Needs a New Framework for ‘Precarious Workers’, IPS Talking Economics 

Jayawardena Priyanka, Aug 06, 2013, Can People in Sri Lanka’s Estate Sector Break Away from Poor Health and Poverty?, IPS Talking Economics

Jayawardena Priyanka, May 08, 2012 Expanding Tertiary Education Critical to Sri Lanka’s ‘Knowledge Hub’ Aspirations, IPS Talking Economics

Jayawardena Priyanka, Nov 21, 2011, Sri Lanka Grapples with Child Malnutrition despite Major Improvements in the Health Sector, IPS Talking Economics

Jayawardena Priyanka, Feb 11, 2010, How do demographic changes affect economic growth in Sri Lanka?, IPS Talking Economics

Media

Interview with Inter Press Service reporter for news item on Sri Lanka’s Tea Estates, Maternal Health Leaves a Lot to Be Desired, September 23, 2014.