Research Fellow

PhD in Economics, Nanyang Technological University

Research Interests

Applied Econometrics, Economic Growth, Long-Run Development, and Behavioural Economics





Dinithi is an Economist and a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities. Her doctoral research focuses on the dynamics of culture and its link to technology innovation and adoption. The research explicitly examines how deep-seated cultural differences and institutions jointly explain cross-country variations in technology adoption behaviours and preferences. It also explores economic behaviours of individuals by blending techniques from experimental economics with insights from psychology. Her research interests include applied econometrics, economic growth, long-run development, and behavioural economics.

She is currently attached to Chen Tianqiao Programme on Urban Innovation and Open Loop Careers project.


  • Ph.D. in Economics, Nanyang Technological University
  • M.Sc. in Applied Economics, Nanyang Technological University
  • B.Sc. in Statistics (Hons.), University of Colombo


  • Jayasekara, D.N. & Fredriksson, P.G. (2021). ‘Culture, intellectual property rights, and technology adoption’, The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 80, 317-330.
  • Jayasekara, D.N. (2021). 'Can traditional farming practices explain attitudes towards scientific progress?', Economic Modelling 94, 320-339.
  • Sooriyarachchi, M.R. & Jayasekara, D.N. (2014). 'A Simulation Based Study for Comparing Tests Associated With Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) Curves', Communication in Statistics- Simulation and Computation 43(10), 2444-2467.