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Professor Prema-chandra Athukorala

BCom (Hons), PhD (LaTrobe)
Professor of Economics, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School of Economics and Government
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • International Economics And International Finance 140210
  • Economic Development And Growth 140202
  • Applied Economics 1402

Research interests

  • Development Macroeconomics: capital flows and financial crises, structural adjustment and stabilisation reforms, determinants of economic growth
  • Trade and development: trade policy reforms, multinational enterprises and globalisation of production, patterns and determinants of trade flows, and international labour migration


Prema-chandra Athukorala is Professor of Economics in Arndt-Corden Department of Economics,  College of Asia and The Pacific at the Australian National University, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and Honarary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.  His publications include Trade Policy Issues in Asian Development (Rutledge, 1998), Structural Adjustment and labour Migration in East Asia (Oxford University Press).  Liberalization and Industrial Adjustment: Sri Lanka in International Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2000), Saving, Investment and Growth in India (Oxford University Press, 2002), Crisis and Recovery in Malaysia: The Role of Capital Controls (Edward Elgar 2003), Multinational Enterprises in Asian Development (Edward Elgar 2007), five other books, and over 150  papers in scholarly journals and multi-author volumes.  At various times he has served as a consultant to the World Bank, ADB, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO, UNCTAD, ESCAP and the Australian Agency for International Development.  These assignments have resulted in work on, inter alia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Jordan and Georgia.

Career highlights

Honarary Professorial Research Fellow, University of Manchester (since 2012); Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia since 2003; Assistant Editor of Asian Economic Papers and editorial board member of ASEAN Economic Bulletin and Journal of South Asian Development; Consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, International Labour Organization, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the government of Sri Lanka; Visiting Scholar/Professor: Hitotsubashi University, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, University of East Anglia and University of Malaya; listed in The Australian Who's Who since 2005.

Researcher's projects

  • Global production sharing, network trade and trade flow modeling
  • Growth and equity in a multi-ethnic society: The Malaysia case.
  • Economic transition and labour market adjustment in China


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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