Professor Mahinda Siriwardana

Professor - UNE Business School

Mahinda Siriwardana

Phone: +61 2 6773 2501

Email: asiriwar@une.edu.au

Biography

Mahinda Siriwardana has taught economics at the University of Colombo, University of Manitoba, La Trobe University, and held a fulltime research position at the Australian National University before he joined UNE. He has held visiting positions at Victoria University (Canada) and University Waterloo (Canada). Recently he was a visiting Professor at Doshisha University (Japan), Ryukoku University (Japan) and University of Malaya (Malaysia). He is a recipient of several Australia Research Council (ARC) grants.

Qualifications

PhD (La Trobe Uni), MA (Uni of Manitoba),  BA (Uni of Colombo), BPhil (Uni of Colombo), GradDipPopStud (Uni of Colombo), GradDipStats (Uni of Sri Jayawardanapura).

Teaching Areas

Teaching areas and award
Undergraduate Level

ECON201/301  Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON408          Advanced Microeconomics
ECON317/417  International Trade and Payments
ECON402-1      Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling

HDR supervision topic areas
  • Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling and its application to economic policy analysis (any country)
  • Trade policy analysis using the CGE modelling approach (any country)
  • Economic integration with special reference to FTAs
  • Modelling of environmental policies and carbon pricing (tax) using CGE
  • Trade policies and economic development in South Asian economies

Research Interests

Mahinda Siriwardana is an internationally recognised researcher in economics, especially in the fields of Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling, trade policy analysis and carbon price modelling. Mahinda has developed several CGE models during his career and they include models for Victoria, Australia, China, and Singapore. In addition he has associated with his PhD students to develop models for Kenya, the Philippines, Indonesia, Western Samoa, Iran, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Australia. Some of Mahinda's recent work has adopted the multi-country CGE framework using the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) model.

Recent and ongoing research includes

ARC Linkage grant project: “Adaptation to carbon tax-induced changes in energy demand in rural and regional Australia”

ARC Discovery grant project: “Improving our understanding of the effects of low carbon policies on the Australian economy and regions”

Publications

Journal Articles

Siriwardana, M. and Nong, D. (2018), “Economic implications for Australia and other major emitters of trading greenhouse gas emissions internationally”, Int. J. Global Warming, Vol. 16, pp. 261-280.

Nong, D., and Siriwardana, M. (2018), “Potential impacts of the Emissions Reduction Fund on the Australian economy”, Energy Economics, Vol. 74, pp.387-398.

Nong, D., and Siriwardana, M. (2018), “Effects on the U.S. economy of its proposed withdrawal from the Paris Agreement: A quantitative assessment”, Energy, Vol.159, pp.621-629.

Nong, D., and Siriwardana, M. (2018), “The most advantageous partners for Australia to bilaterally link its emissions trading scheme”, Int. J. of Global Warming, Vol. 15, 371-391.

Nong, D. and Siriwardana, M. (2018),”The most advantageous partners for Australia to bilaterally link its emissions trading scheme", Int. J. Global Warming, in press.

Meng, S., Siriwardana, M., McNeill, J. and Nelson, T. (2018), “The impact of an ETS on the Australian energy sector: an integrated CGE and electricity modelling approach”, Energy Economics, Vol.69, pp.213-224.

Siriwardana, M., Meng, S. and McNeill, J. (2017), “Border adjustments under unilateral carbon pricing: the case of Australian carbon tax”, Journal of Economic Structures, Vol.6, pp.1-21.

Nong, D. and Siriwardana, M. (2017), "Environmental and economic impacts of a joint emissions trading scheme", Int. J. Global Energy Issues, Vol. 40, pp.184-206.

Thenuwara, W., Siriwardana, M. and Hoang, N. (2017), "Demographics and Asset Markets: A Survey of the Literature", Theoretical Economics Letters, Vol. 7, pp.782-794.

Nong, D., Meng, S. and Siriwardana, M. (2017), "An assessment of proposed ETS in Australia by using the MONASH-Green model", Energy Policy, Vol.108, pp.281-291.

Perera, S., Siriwardana, M. and Mounter, S. (2017), “Trade Facilitation- Measurement Difficulties in the Computable General Equilibrium Model: A Review”, Theoretical Economic Letters, Vol.7, pp.154-163.

Nong, D. and Siriwardana, M. (2017), “Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund in an International Context”, Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 54, pp.123-134.

Stenberg, L. C. and Siriwardana, M. (2016), “Biofuel Development: Assessing the trade-off between energy use and food security on the agricultural sector using the GTAP Model”, The Empirical Economic Letters, Vol. 15, pp.1-10.

Nong, D., Siriwardana, M., Hoang, N. and Meng, S. (2016), “The Determinants of the Japanese Real Imports from Australian Exports”, Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, Vol.12, pp.1-11.

Siriwardana, M. (2015) Australia’s New Free Trade Agreements with Japan and South Korea: Potential Economic and Environmental Impacts. Journal of Economic Integration, 30, 616-643.

Stenberg, L.C. and Siriwardana, M. (2015), “Measuring the economic impacts of trade liberalisation on forest products trade in the Asia-Pacific region using the GTAP model”, International Forestry Review, Vol.17, pp. 498-509.

Sajeewani, D., Siriwardana, M. and McNeill, J. (2015), “Household Distributional and Revenue Recycling Effects of the Carbon Price in Australia”, Climate Change Economics, Vol.6, No.3, pp.1-23.

Meng, X., Siriwardana, M. and McNeill, J. (2015), “The Environmental and Employment Effect of Australian Carbon Tax”, International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, Vol.5, pp.514-519.

Meng, S., Siriwardana, M. and McNeill, J. (2014) ‘The contribution of carbon pricing to sustainable mining’, International Journal of Rural Law and Policy, No.1, UTS ePRESS.

Perera, S., Siriwardana, M. and Mounter, S. (2014), “Should agriculture be exempt from trade policy reforms in South Asia?”, Asia-Pacific Development Journal, Vol.21, pp.67-106.

Perera, S., Siriwardana, M. and Mounter, S. (2014), “Reducing Poverty and Income inequality in Sri Lanka: Does Trade Liberalisation Help?”, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Vol.19, pp.629-655.

Meng, S., Siriwardana, M. and McNeill, J. (2014), "The Impact of the Australian Carbon Tax on Industries and Households", Margin: The Journal of Applied Economic Research, Vol.8, pp.15-38.

Meng, X, Hoang, N. and Siriwardana, M. (2013) "The determinants of Australian Household debt: A macro level study", Journal of Asian Economics, Vol.29, pp.80-90.

Siriwardana, M., Meng, X. and McNeill, J. (2013), “A CGE Assessment of the Australian Carbon Tax Policy”, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, Vol.36, pp.242-261.

Sajeewani, D., Siriwardana, M., McNeill, J., (2013)"Australia's Energy Sector: Implications for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation Policies", Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review. Vol.9, pp.10-21.

Thomy, B., Tularam, G. A. and Siriwardana, M. (2013), "Partial Equilibrium Analysis to Determine the Impacts of a Southern African Customs Union-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement on Botswana's Imports", American Journal of Economics and Business Administration, Vol.5, pp.1-14.

Sajeewani, D., Siriwardana, M., McNeill, J., and Meng, X. (2013), "Multi-sectoral, Multi-household, General Equilibrium Model to Assess the Impact of Carbon Price on the Australian Economy", The International Journal of Climate Change: Impact and Responses, Vol.5, pp.81-94.

Siriwardana, M. and Sajeewani, D. (2013), "Trade between Australia and South Asia: Prospects for a Bilateral Free Trade Agreement", Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, Vol.9, pp.1-11.

Nahar, B. and Siriwardana, M. (2013), "Trade Opening, Fiscal Reforms, Poverty, and Inequality: A CGE Analysis for Bangladesh", The Developing Economies, Vol.51, pp.145-185.

Meng, X., Siriwardana, M. and T. Pham (2013), “A CGE Assessment of Singapore's Tourism Policies”, Tourism Management, Vol.34, pp.25-36.

Meng, X., Siriwardana, M. and McNeill, J. (2013), "The environmental and Economic Impact of the Carbon Tax in Australia", Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol.54, 313-332.

Meng, X., Siriwardana, M. and McNeill, J. (2012), "The Impact of Global Financial Crisis on the Asia-Pacific Region", Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, Vol. 8, pp1-8.

Meng, X. and Siriwardana, M. (2011), "Responses to Labour Constraint on the Singapore Economy", The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 7, pp.7-22.

Meng, X., Siriwardana, M. and Dollery, B. (2011), "A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis of Potential Policy Responses to a Negative Tourism Demand Shock in Singapore", Tourism Analysis, Vol.16, pp.343-359.

Stenberg, M.L. and Siriwardana, M. (2011),"The effects of Global Trade Liberalisation on Forestry Products Using the GTAP Model", Journal of Business and Policy Research", Vol.6, pp.57-74.

Yang, J. and Siriwardana, M. (2011), "The Evaluation of Australian Exchange Rate Strategies and Australia's Capacity to Maintain a Strong Floating-Currency Regime", Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, Vol. 7(1), pp.142-158.

Siriwardana, M. (2011), "Role of Agriculture in the Proposed Free Trade Agreement between Australia and China: Challenges and Opportunities", Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, Vol. 7(3), pp.16-27.

Meng, X., Siriwardana, M. and Dollery, B. (2010), "The Impact of the 2008 World Financial Crisis on Tourism and the Singapore Economy and Policy Responses: A CGE Analysis", International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance, Vol. 1, pp.46-53.

Nahar, B. and Siriwardana, M. (2009), "Impact on Poverty of Trade Liberalisation in Bangladesh: A Quantitative Assessment", South Asia Economic Journal, Vol.10, pp.329-369.

Yang, J. and Siriwardana, M. (2009), "Bilateral Economic Relations between Australia and China: A Robust and Growing Trend", Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, Vol. 5, pp.23-38.

Siriwardana, M. and Yang, J. (2008), "The Australia-China Free Trade Agreement: Do Benefits Exist?", Asian Profile, Vol.36., pp.435-451.

Yang, J. and Siriwardana, M. (2008), "The Australia-China Economics Relationship and Prospects for an FTA", Current Politics and Economic in Asia, Vol.17, pp.51-78.

Siriwardana, M. (2008), " The Sensitivity of the Agricultural Trade in the proposed FTA between Australia and Japan: A Quantitative Assessment", ICFAI Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol.5, pp.35-53.

Siriwardana, M. and Yang, J. (2008), "GTAP Model Analysis of the Economic Effects of an Australia-China FTA: Welfare and Sectoral Aspects", Global Economic Review, Vol.37, pp.341-362.

Stenberg, L.C. and Siriwardana, M. (2008), "Deforestation in the Philippines: An Economic Assessment of Government Policy Responses", Environment Research Journal, Vol.2, pp.335-377.

Siriwardana, M. (2008), "The Proposed Australia-China Free Trade Agreement: Global and Country-Specific Effects", International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, Vol.1, pp.392-408.

Sukiyono, K. and Siriwardana, M. (2007), "Short Run Impacts of Trade Liberalisation on the Regional Economy in Indonesia", The Australian Journal of Regional Studies, Vol.13, pp.45-64.

Siriwardana, M. and Yang, J., (2007), "Effects of Proposed Free Trade Agreement between India and Bangladesh", South Asia Economic Journal, Vol.8, pp.21-38.

Karingi, S. N. and Siriwardana, M., (2007) "Sensitivity to Key Parameters of Short Run Simulation Results of Terms of Trade Shocks in a Kenyan CGE Model", The ICFAI Journal of Applied Economics, Vol.VI, pp.43-67.

Rajapakse, S. and Siriwardana, M., (2007), "Over Optimism bias in Market Analysts forecasts: The case of Australian Dollar", Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Vol.12, pp.103-113.

Stenberg, L.C. and Siriwardana, M. (2007), "Forest Conservation in the Philippines: An Economic Assessment of Selected Policy Responses Using a Computable General Equilibrium Model", Forest Policy and Economics, Vol.9, pp.671-693.

Siriwardana, M. (2007) "Assessing the Impact of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement", The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Vol.18, pp.117-133.

Stenberg, M.L. and Siriwardana, M. (2006), "Analysing the Causes of Deforestation in a CGE Framework: The Case of the Philippines", The ICFAI Journal of Environmental Economics, Vol. IV: pp.7- 34.

Siriwardana, M. (2006), "Australia's involvement in free trade agreements: An economic evaluation", Global Economic Review, Vol.35, pp.3-20.

Stenberg, M.L. and Siriwardana, M. (2006) "The Steady State Treatment of Forestry in CGE Models", International Journal of Agricultural Resource, Governance and Ecology, Vol.5, pp.1-17.

Wijeweera, A. and Siriwardana, M. (2005), "The Impact of Corporate Income Tax Rate on Foreign Direct Investment in Australia and Implications for Technology Transfer", International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, Vol.1, pp.451-461.

Siriwardana, M. (2005),"Trade Liberalisation Between Australia, India and South Africa: Prospects for a Dynamic Growth Triangle", The ICFAI Journal of Applied Economics, Vol.4: pp.20-35.

Stenberg, M.L. and Siriwardana, M. (2005), "The Appropriateness of Computable General equilibrium Modeliing in Analysing the Problem of Deforestation in the Philippines", Management of Environmental Quality: International Journal, Vol.16: pp.407-420.

Siriwardana, M. (2004), "An Analysis of the Impact of Indo-Lanka free Trade agreement on the Sri Lankan Economy and Its Implications for Free Trade in South Asia", Journal of Economic Integration, Vol.19: pp. 568-589.

Siriwardana, M. and Dollery, B. (2004) "An Empirical Analysis of the Proposed Australia-Japan Free Trade Agreement", Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government, Vol.9: pp.1-21.

Siriwardana, M. (2003), "Trade Liberalisation in South Asia: Free Trade Area or Customs Union", Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol.26: pp.309-329.

Siriwardana, M. and Iddamalgoda, A.(2003), "Effects of the Asian Economic Crisis on Singapore and her Policy Responses", UNEAC Asian Papers. Issue no. 6.

Karingi, S. N. and Siriwardana, M. (2003), "A CGE Model Analysis of Effects of Adjustment to Terms of Trade Shocks on Agriculture and Income Distribution In Kenya, Journal of Developing Areas, Vol. 37, pp.87-108.

Siriwardana, M. and Dollery, B. (2002), "The Impact of the Asian Economic Crisis on the South African Economy", African Development Review. Vol.14, pp.276-297.

Stenberg, M. L. and Siriwardana, M. (2002), "Deforestation in the Philippines: A Different Perspective", International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 5, pp.415-432.

Liew, L. and Siriwardana, M. (2002), "Impact of Trade Liberalisation on a Multi-Region Economy within an Inter-Regional Game Theoretic Framework", Economics of Planning, Vol. 35, pp.1-18.

Siriwardana, M. and Rajapakse, S. (2001), "The Impact of the Asian Economic Crisis on South Asia", Journal of Social and Management Science, Vol.30, pp.125-148.

Siriwardana, M. (2001), "Some Trade Policy Options for Sri Lanka: Looking Beyond SAARC", Asian Studies Review, Vol 25, pp.453-478.

Karingi, S.N. and Siriwardana, M. (2001), "Structural Adjustment Policies and the Kenyan Economy: A CGE Model Analysis", African Development Review, Vol. 13, pp. 24-45.

Siriwardana, M. and Schulze, D. (2000), "Singapore and the Asian Economic Crisis: An Assessment of Policy Responses", ASEAN Economic Bulletin, Vol.17, pp. 233-256.

Siriwardana, M. (2000), "A general Equilibrium Explanation of the Growth in Singapore's Exports: A Paradoxical Outcome?", Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, Vol. 5, pp.303-335.

Siriwardana, M. (1998), "Can Policy Makers Learn from History? A General Equilibrium Analysis of the Recovery Policies of the 1930s Great Depression in Australia", Journal of Policy Modeling, Vol. 20, pp.361-392.

Siriwardana, M. (1997), "Exchange rate Policy and Market Power: A General Equilibrium Analysis for Singapore", ASEAN Economic Bulletin, Vol. 14, pp.57-79.

Siriwardana, M. (1996), "The Economic Impact of Tariffs of the 1930s Australia: The Brigden Report Re-Examined", Australian Economic Papers, Vol. 35, 370-89.

Siriwardana, M. (1995), "The Causes of the Depression in Australia in the 1930s : A General Equilibrium Evaluation", Explorations in Economic History, Vol.32, pp.51-81.

Hargreaves, C., Harrington, J. and Siriwardana, M. (1993), "Measuring Australia's Competitiveness and the Trade Performance of the Manufacturing Sector", Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv (Review of World Economics), Vol. 129, pp.172-182.

Siriwardana, M., and Jayalath, B.A. (1993), "Female Male Wage Discrimination in the Early Period of National Wage Fixation in Australia", Australian Bulletin of Labour, Vol. 19, pp.56-72.

Siriwardana, M. (1991), "The Impact of Tariff Protection in the Colony of Victoria in the Late Nineteenth Century: A General Equilibrium Analysis", Australian Economic History Review, Vol.XXXI, pp.45-65.

Siriwardana, M. (1990), "Intra-Industry Trade: A Note on New Evidence from Australia, 1968-1982", Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv (Review of World Economics), Vol. 126, pp.165-172.

Nguyen, D.T., and Siriwardana, M. (1988), "The Relationship Between Output Growth and Unemployment: A Re-examination of Okun's Law in Australia", Australian Economic Review, 1st Quarter, pp.16-27.

Siriwardana, M. (1987), "An Input Output Table for the Colony of Victoria in 1880", Australian Economic History Review, Vol. XXVII, pp.61-85.

Books

Meng, S. and Siriwardana, M. (2017), Assessing the Economic Impact of Tourism: A Computable General Equilibrium Modelling Approach, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK (ISBN 978-3-319-40327-4).

Nahar, B., Siriwardana, M. and Treadgold, M. (2014), Trade Reforms, Poverty and Inequality in Bangladesh, Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA (ISBN 978-1 -63117-505-3).

Stenberg, L. and Siriwardana, M. (2009), A Computable General Equilibrium Model for Environmental Policy Analysis: The Case of Deforestation in the Philippines, Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA (ISBN 978-1-60692-250-7).

Siriwardana, M. (2008), Towards Free Trade in South Asia: The Impact of Regional Trade Policies, ICFAI University Press. Hyderabad, India (ISBN 978-81-314-1601-3).

Yang, J. and Siriwardana, M. (2007), Economic Effects of an Australia-China FTA: Challenges and Opportunities for Bilateral Trade Policy, ICFAI University Press. Hyderabad, India (ISBN 81-314-1168-5).

Do Rego, A., and Siriwardana, M. (2006), Trade Protection in the Rice Industry: Implications of Tariffs on Rice Imports in Timor Leste (East Timor), ICFAI University Press. Hyderabad, India (ISBN 81-314-0383-1).

Nahar, B. and Siriwardana, M. (2006), The Impact of Trade Liberalisation on the Rice Sector in SAARC Countries: The Case of Bangladesh, ICFAI University Press. Hyderabad, India (ISBN 81-7881-712-8).

Karingi, S. N., Siriwardana, M., Ronge, E., and Mpande-Chuulu, C. (2002), Implications of the COMESA Free Trade Area and Proposed Custom Union: Empirical Evidence from Five Member Countries Using GTAP Model and Database: A Policy Brief, New Horizon Printing Press, Lusaka, Zambia. (ISBN 9982260170).

Karingi, S. N., Siriwardana, M., and Ronge, E. (2002), Implications of the COMESA Free Trade Area and Proposed Custom Union: Empirical Evidence from Five Member Countries Using GTAP Model and Database, New Horizon Printing Press, Lusaka, Zambia. (ISBN 9982260103).

Book Chapters

Perera, S., Siriwardana, M. and Mounter, S. (2017), “Trade Facilitation, Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation: South Asia at a Glance”, in G. I. Staicu (ed.), Poverty, Inequality and Policy. Rijeka: Coatia, InTech.

Perera, S., Siriwardana, M. and Mounter, S. (2017), “The Impact of Trade Liberalisation on Poverty and Welfare in South Asia: A Special Reference to Sri Lanka”, in  G. I. Staicu (ed.), Poverty, Inequality and Policy. Rijeka: Coatia, InTech.

Stenberg, L.C. and Siriwardana, M. (2012), "Effects of a Unilateral Tariff Liberalisation on Forestry Products and Trade in Australia: An Economic Analysis Using the GTAP Model", in A. Okia (ed.), Global Perspectives on Sustainable Forest Management, Rijeka: Coatia, InTech, pp.107-120.

Siriwardana, M. (2009), "A Quantitative Assessment of the Inter-War Australian Trade Policies", in W. R. Stevens (ed), Trade and Development: Focus on Free Trade Agreements, New York, Nova Science Publishers, pp.199-218.

Karingi, S., Siriwardana, M., Ronge, E. (2009), "Implications of the COMESA Free Trade Area and the Proposed Customs Union", in W. R. Stevens (ed), Trade and Development: Focus on Free Trade Agreements, New York, Nova Science Publishers, pp.1-42.

Siriwardana, M. (2009), "Economic Structure and Pattern of Trade Flows in South Asia", in I. Mukherjee (ed), Impact of Global Imports on International Trade, Hyderabad, ICFAI University Press, pp.87-109.

Siriwardana, M. (2009), "Trade Links between Australia, India, and South Africa: Prospects for Trade Liberalisation", in I. Mukherjee (ed), Impact of Global Imports on International Trade, Hyderabad, ICFAI University Press, pp.110-136.

Stenberg, L.C. and Siriwardana, M. (2008), "Deforestation in the Philippines: An Economic Assessment of Government Policy Responses using a CGE Model", in I. B. Sanchez and C. L. Alonso (eds), Deforestation Research Progress, New York, Nova Science Publishers: pp.175-202.

Siriwardana, M. (2006), "Trade Liberalisation between Australia, India and South Africa", in V.V. Ramani and A Bellur (eds), India's Global Trade Relations, Hyderabad, ICFAI University Press: pp.315-333.

Book Reviews

Siriwardana, M. (2001), Regional Inequality and Structural Changes: Lessons from the Brazillian Experience, by Eduarado A. Haddad (Aldershot, Ashgate, 1999, xx+209 pp., ISBN: 0 7546 1126 4), Journal of Economic System Research, Vol. 13, pp.129-130.

Memberships

  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP)

Consultancy Interests

My main consultancy interests include the modelling environmental policies and carbon pricing, emissions trading nationally and internationally; modelling the impact of free trade agreements (FTAs) and trade facilitation. CGE modelling is the main technique to be applied.

External Profiles

Further Information

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