Nisha Arunatilake

Nisha Arunatilake is the Director of Research and a fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) of Sri Lanka.  She has considerable post-doctoral experience in conducting policy related economic research in labour market analysis, education, public finance and health.  Her work is published in both local and international journals, book chapters and reports. She has collaborated with, and has been a consultant to bilateral and multi-lateral donor agencies. She is a Research Fellow of PEP, and a Research Associate of the Commitment to Equity (CEQ) Institute of the Tulane University of New Orleans, USA. She has served in National Level Committees on general education, techncial education and vocational training, pension reforms, higher education, labour, employment, human resource development, migration, health sector reform, and tobacco and alcohol policy formulation. Nisha Arunatilake holds a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics with summa cum laude from the University of the South, USA and an MA and PhD in Economics from Duke University, USA.

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Fields of specialization

Gender & women’s empowerment, Poverty and inequality , Health and nutrition, Education and training, Fiscal policy, Labour markets and employment, Youth and children, Social protection


Title Country Themes
Assessing the Marginalization of Global South researchers in Economic Development Policy Sri Lanka Globalization and trade
Tax reforms in Sri Lanka – will a tax on public servants improve progressivity? Sri Lanka Poverty and Inequality , Impacts of government programs , Fiscal policy
Will school level decision making improve access to better education for the poor in Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka Education and training , Impacts of government programs , Youth and children


Dr Nisha Arunatilake
Director of Research
Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

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