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Vidhura S. B. W. Tennekoon

Campus Address: CA524
Phone: 317-278-2845
Email: vtenneko@iupui.edu
[Icon]: Website https://sites.google.com/site/vidhurat/ Website


Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, IUPUI (2017- Present)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, IUPUI (2014- 2017)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oklahoma (2013-2014)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Eastern Washington University (2012-2013)
Research Assistant, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University (2009-2012)
Economist/ Head of Money and Banking, Economic Research Department, Central Bank of Sri Lanka (2006-2008)
Assistant Director, Payments and Settlement Department, Central Bank of Sri Lanka (2003-2005)


BScEng University of Peradeniya (1996)
MBA University of Colombo (2001)
MSc University of Nottingham (2006)
PhD Washington State University (2012)


Vidhura Tennekoon joined the Department of Economics in 2014. He currently teaches or has taught at IUPUI the advanced PhD course- Microeconometrics (E 673); the Topics In Applied Microeconomics sequence (E 581 and E 582) at the masters level; and Money and Banking (E 305), the upper level undergraduate course. His primary research focus has been on microeconometric methods related to applied health economic problems, measurement error in microeconomic data in particular. His publications include Behold, Measuring Bias in Self-Reported Data (2011), A Virgin is with HIV! (2014), Systematically Misclassified Binary Dependent Variables (2016) and Counting Unreported Abortions (2017). His current research interests expand to demography, development economics and inter-disciplinary research.

Vidhura earned his BSc degree in Engineering from the University of Peradeniya and an MBA from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka where he is originally from. He earned an MSc degree in Economics and Econometrics with Distinction from the University of Nottingham, UK. During 2008 to 2012, he attended Washington State University and received a PhD in economics.

Before joining IUPUI, Vidhura worked at the Departments of Economics of the University of Oklahoma and Eastern Washington University where he taught several undergraduate and graduate economics courses. He also has professional experience as a central banker.

Academic Interests

Applied Microeconomics and Econometrics with specialization in Health Economics.


Econ-E 673 Microeconometrics
Econ-E 581 Topics in Applied Microeconomics I
Econ-E 582 Topics in Applied Microeconomics II
Econ-E 305 Money and Banking

Health Economics, Elements of Statistics and Econometrics II (University of Oklahoma)
Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory, Money and Banking and International Finance (Eastern Washington University)
Money and Banking (Washington State University)


Tennekoon, V.(2017). Counting Unreported Abortions: A Binomial-Thinned Zero-Inflated Poisson Model. Demographic Research 36(2): 41-72 DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2017.36.2.

Tennekoon, V.(2016). The Equivalence of Three Latent Class Models and ML Estimators. Economics Letters 141(5): 147-150 DOI: HTTP://DX.DOI.ORG/10.1016/J.ECONLET.2016.02.028.

Tennekoon, V., & Rosenman, R. (2016). Systematically Misclassified Binary Dependent Variables. Communications in Statistics - Theory and Methods 45(9): 2538-2555 DOI:10.1080/03610926.2014.887105.

Tennekoon, V., & Rosenman, R. (2015). The Pot Calling the Kettle Black? A Comparison of Measures of Current Tobacco Use. Applied Economics 47(5): 431-448 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2014.972546.

Tennekoon, V., & Rosenman, R. (2014). “Behold, a Virgin is with HIV !”: Misreporting Sexual Behaviour Among Infected Adolescents. Health Economics 23(3): 345-358 DOI: 10.1002/hec.2918.

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