Vidhura S B W																 Tennekoon

Vidhura S B W Tennekoon

Assistant Professor of Economics
Department: Economics
(317) 278-2845
Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 519



Vidhura Tennekoon joined the Department of Economics in 2014. His primary research focus has been on measurement error in microeconomic data, maternal and child health and health policy but his research interests expand to demography, development economics and inter-disciplinary research. He has published in Health Economics, Applied Economics, Economic Letters, Economic Analysis & Policy, Review of Development Economics and Nicotine & Tobacco Research, among several other peer reviewed journals. He has also published several articles in The Conversation.

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.



  • BScEng , University of Peradeniya 1996
  • MBA, University of Colombo 2001
  • MSc , University of Nottingham 2006
  • PhD, Washington State University 2012




  • Econ-E 673 Microeconometrics
  • Econ-E 578 Advanced Computer Methods and Complex Datasets
  • Econ-E 574 Applied Econometrics and Forecasting
  • Econ-M 513 Financial Economics
  • Econ-E 374 Data Analysis in Practice
  • Econ-E 305 Money and Banking
  • Econ-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics


  • Econ-E 581 Topics in Applied Microeconomics I and Econ-E 582 Topics in Applied Microeconomics II (IUPUI)
  • 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. (2023). Purchase restrictions as a tobacco control policy: An analysis of the effect on adverse birth outcomes. Economic Analysis & Policy 78: 967-974 DOI:

Tennekoon, V. (2023). Effects of purchase restrictions on smoking during pregnancy: an analysis of US birth records. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 25(5): 882-888 DOI:

Tennekoon, V. (2022). The impact of IOM recommendations on gestational weight gain among US women: An analysis of birth records during 2011–2019. PLOS Global Public Health 2(7): e0000815 DOI:

Tennekoon, V. & Caudill S. (2022). Estimation of a selectivity model with misclassified selection. Communications in Statistics: Case Studies, Data Analysis and Applications 8(1): 1-14 DOI:

Manalew W.S. & Tennekoon, V. (2019). Dirty hands on troubled waters: Sanitation, access to water and child health in Ethiopia. Review of Development Economics 23 (4): 1800-1817. DOI:

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:

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.

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

Applied Microeconomics and Econometrics with specialization in Health Economics.