Dileni Gunewardena

Dileni Gunewardena has a doctorate in Economics from American University (1996) and a B.A. (Honours) from University of Peradeniya, where she is Professor of Economics. She teaches Gender Economics, Labour Economics and Microeconomics of Development. Her research interests lie in the confluence of gender economics, labour economics and development. She has been a Fulbright Scholar and Echidna Global Scholar, and has twice won Global Development Network (GDN) awards for her research on poverty, and on gender wage gaps. Her recent research includes a Brookings/Center for Universal Education Echidna Global Scholar working paper on why Sri Lankan women are not translating their educational gains into workforce advantages, and she has blogged on the topic on Brookings and World Bank websites. She has just finished working on a 13 country study examining the links between skills, education and labour market outcomes from a gender perspective which was a background paper to the World Development Report 2018.

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Fields of specialization

Gender & women’s empowerment, Poverty and inequality , Health and nutrition, Education and training, Labour markets and employment

Projects

Title Country Themes
‘Work-study’ and Educational Mismatch among Youths: Evidence from Zambia Zambia Education and training , Labour markets and employment , Youth and children
Access to child care and mothers’ employment quality: lessons from Chile Chile Gender & women’s empowerment , Labour markets and employment , Youth and children
Understanding youth entrepreneurship in Benin: the role of microcredit uptake and entrepreneur capacity building Benin Youth and children , Entrepreneurship , Financial inclusion
Civil conflict and labour market outcomes in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Labour markets and employment
Can Urbanization Improve Household Welfare and Provide Inclusive Opportunities? The Case of Urban Expansion in Ethiopia Ethiopia Poverty and Inequality
Migration, Remittances and Child Schooling in Rural Cambodia Cambodia Education and training , Labour markets and employment , Youth and children
Gender and Age Diversity to Forster Innovation and Productivity Growth Brazil Gender & women’s empowerment , Labour markets and employment
EMPLOYMENT VULNERABILITY, EARNINGS AND SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING IN KYRGYZSTAN Kyrgyzstan Poverty and Inequality , Labour markets and employment
Do out-migration and remittances induce shifts to non-farm entrepreneurship among the left-behind? Evidence from Nepal Nepal Labour markets and employment , Globalization and trade , Entrepreneurship
The Effect of input-trade liberalization on Nonfarm and Farm Labor Participation in Rural Vietnam Viet Nam Labour markets and employment , Globalization and trade , Agriculture and food security
Access to Credit and Women Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Bangladesh Bangladesh Gender & women’s empowerment , Entrepreneurship
Estimating economic effects of emigration and remittances on the left-behind in Cambodia Cambodia Globalization and trade
Glass Ceilings, Sticky Floors or Sticky Doors? A Quantile Regression Approach to Exploring Gender Wage Gaps in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Gender & women’s empowerment , Poverty and Inequality , Labour markets and employment

Details

Professor Dileni Gunewardena
Professor of Economics
Department of Economics and Statistics
University of Peradeniya

Contact information:

Faculty of Arts
Peradeniya
Sri Lanka
20400
T: +94 81 2392622
F: +94 81 2392620
dilenigun@yahoo.com
http://www.pdn.ac.lk/arts/econ/dnbg.html

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