In Brief

Tilak Abeysinghe  is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore. He has been with the Department since 1988. In July 2017 he took up a new offer as the Research Director of the Gamani Corea Foundation, a private Foundation, in Colombo. He also holds an Adjunct position in the Asia Competitiveness Institute, NUS. He served as the Director of the Singapore Centrefor Applied and Policy Economics and an Executive Committee member of the Department of Economics. He held other important administrative responsibilities at NUS such as Deputy/Acting Headship, Director of Economics Graduate Program and member of the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee. He was also a visiting professor at Kyoto University and Peradeniya University. He coordinated the keenly awaited monthly newspaper column in The Straits Times, “Ask NUS economists”.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics/Econometrics from the University of Manitoba and worked for the United States Agency for International Development (Colombo) before joining NUS in 1988. His research interests lie in a range of theoretical and applied econometric topics that include the Singapore economy, housing affordability, stress and cancer and quantitative health research. He has published in various reputable international journals like Journal of Econometrics and NBER paper series. A major line of his research has been the econometric modelling of the Singapore economy, forecasting and policy analyses. As the coordinator of the Econometric Studies Unit since 1992 he has built a number of econometric models, one of which appears in the Routledge book, The Singapore Economy: An Econometric Perspective. Policy analyses based on these models have appeared in news media frequently. He has supervised a large number of PhD, Masters and Honours students.