Title: Research Fellow

Alumni: PhD in Economics, Nanyang Technological University

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

Discipline/s: Economics

E-mail: dinithi@sutd.edu.sg

Contact: 64994863


Dinithi Jayasekara 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, Dinithi., & Tan, Jonathan. (In press). How do intercultural proximity and social fragmentation promote international patent cooperation?. Small Bus Econ. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-023-00836-5
  • Mussagulova, Assel., Chng, Samuel., Goh, Zi An Galvyn., Tang, Cheryl J., & Jayasekara, Dinithi. (2023). When is a career transition successful? a systematic literature review and outlook (1980–2022). Frontiers in Psychology, 14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1141202
  • Jayasekara, Dinithi., & Fredriksson, P.G. (2021). ‘Culture, intellectual property rights, and technology adoption’, The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 80, 317-330.
  • Jayasekara, Dinithi., (2021). 'Can traditional farming practices explain attitudes towards scientific progress?', Economic Modelling 94, 320-339.
  • Jayasekara Dinithi., (2021). Essays on culture and innovations. Doctoral thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. https://hdl.handle.net/10356/150750
  • Sooriyarachchi, M.R. & Jayasekara, Dinithi. (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.