Associate Professor Santha Vaithilingam

Head of Department, Econometrics and Business Statistics

School of Business

santha.vaithilingam@monash.edu
603 5514 6390
Room 6-5-91

Associate Professor Santha Vaithilingam joined the Department of Econometrics & Business Statistics, Monash University Malaysia in 2003 and was appointed the Head of the Econometrics Department in 2012. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Masters of Economics from University Malaya, and her PhD in Banking & Finance from Multimedia University Malaysia in 2002.

Her research interests are in computable general equilibrium (CGE), financial econometrics, and behavioral economics. More recently, she has been working on modelling human behavior pertaining to technology adoption using advanced econometrics techniques. She has published articles in international journals and has also presented in several national and international conferences and forums. Jointly working with Centre of Policy Studies in Monash University Australia, she assisted The Ministry of Finance, Malaysia in the development of the Malaysian Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium model for macroeconomic and industrial policy formulation. Assoc. Prof Santha is also supervising PhD students in the areas of behavioural economics and financial & technology policy formulation.

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy
InstitutionMultimedia University
Year awarded 2002
Master of Economics
InstitutionUniversity Malaya
Year awarded 1994
Bachelor of Science
InstitutionUniversity Malaya
Year awarded 1985

Membership in Associations and International Bodies

MembershipMalaysian Institute of Taxation
RoleChief Examiner
Duration2004 - 2015
MembershipEconomic Bulletin
RoleEditorial Board Member
Duration 2004 - 2012

Areas of Expertise

1Applied Econometrics
2Behavioural Research and Development Economics

Teaching

Subject CodeSubject
ETW1102Business Statistic
ETW2410Introductory Econometrics
ETW3410Applied Econometrics
MBA5607Evidence-Based Decision Making
BEX6100Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Book Chapters

* Liew, E.J.Y.L, Vaithilingam, S., and Nair, M. (2014). Bridging the new frontiers in the digital age: Social Networking Technology and Socioeconomic Behaviour in Malaysia; ICT Strategic review 2014/15: PIKOM and MOSTI, Malaysia.
* Kuppusamy, K. and Vaithilingam, S. Capital markets: Islamic versus Conventional, Islamic Business: Contemporary Issues and Economic Development; ISBN 978-967-400-231-2.
* Nair, M. and Vaithilingam, S. (2013). Broadband diffusion, Innovative Capacity and Sustainable Economic Development: Lessons for Malaysia; ICT Strategic Review 2013/2014, PIKOM and MOSTI, Malaysia.
* Krishnan Guru, B., Vaithilingam, S., Ismail, N. and Prasad, R. Electronic Banking: The Ultimate Guide to Business and Technology of online Banking-Electronic Banking in Malaysia: A note on Evolution of Services and Consumer Reactions (pp. 135-149). ISBN 10: 3528057548; Publisher: Springler-Verlag New York Inc.
* Ross, P. and Nair, M. and Vaithilingam, S. (2013). Broadband diffusion, Innovative Capacity and Sustainable Economic Development: Lessons for Malaysia; Accepted ICT Strategic Review: Innovation for Digital Opportunities.
* Nair, M. & Vaithilingam, S. (2012). Innovative Use of ICT among Urban-Poor Communities: Challenges and Opportunities. ICT Strategic Review 2012/13: Innovation for Digital Opportunities, pp. 182-191.

Scholarly Journals

* Ng., J., Vaithilingam, S., W.J., Rangel. (2016). “The Role of Life Satisfaction on Election Voting Preferences in Malaysia”, Asian Journal of Social Science (forthcoming)
* Crosling, G., Nair, M., and Vaithilingam, S.. (2015). “Creative learning ecosystem and innovative capacity: The perspective from higher education”, Studies in Higher Education, Volume 40, No.7, 1147-1163.
* Vaithilingam, S., Nair, M., and Thangaraju, T. (2015). “Managing money laundering in a digital economy”, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business. Volume 16, 1, 44-65.
* Ng, J.W.J, Rangel, G.J., Vaithilingam, S., Pillay, S.S. (2015). “2013 Malaysian Elections: Ethnic Politics or Urban Wave?”, Journal of East Asian Studies.
* Ng, J.W.J, Rangel, G.J., Vaithilingam, S., Pillay, S.S. (2015). “The Authors Respond – Interpreting Ethnicity and Urbanization in Malaysia’s 2013 General Election”, Journal of East Asian Studies.
* Liew, E.J.Y.L, Vaithilingam, S., and Nair, M. (2014). “Facebook and Socioeconomic Development in the Developing World”, Behaviour and Information Technology, Vol 33, Issue 4, pp.345-360.
* Vaithilingam, S.; Nair, M., and Krishnan Guru, B. (2013) “Do Trust and Security matter for the Development of M-Banking? Evidence from a Developing Country”, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business Volume 14 Issue 1, March 2013.
* Nair, M. and Vaithilingam, S. (2013), “Leap-frogging the Urban-Poor to a High Income Economy: A Case Study From a Developing Country,” Journal of Emerging Economies and Islamic Research, Volume 1, Number 2, 1-27
* Vaithilingam, S., Nair, M. and Samudram M.,(2010) “Trade Liberalization, Financial Deepening and Economic Growth in a Large Developing Economy: The Case of India” Economic Bulletin, Vol 11, December
* Samudram, M., Nair, M. and Vaithilingam, S. (2009), “Keynes versus Wagner on Government Expenditures and Economic Development: The Case of a Developing Economy”, Empirical Economics, Vol. 36, Issue 3
* Vaithilingam, S. and Nair, M. (2009), “Mapping Global Money laundering Trends: Lessons for Pace Setters”, Research in International Business and Finance, Vol. 23 Issue 1
* Samudram, M., Nair, M., and Vaithilingam, S. (2008), “Human Capital and Endogenous Growth in a developing Economy: Evidence from Malaysia (1970-2004)”, International Journal of Economic Research (IJER)
* Nair, M., Samudram, M., and Santha Vaithilingam (2008), “Malaysian Money Demand Function Revisited: the ARDL Approach”, Journal of Asia Pacific Business, Vol. 9, Issue 2.
* Vaithilingam, S and Nair, M. (2007), “The Factors Affecting the Pervasiveness of Money Laundering: Lessons for Developing Countries”, Journal of Money Laundering and Control, Vol. 10, Issue 3 (ISSN:1368-5201)
* Samudram, M. and Vaithilingam, S (2007), “Trade Liberalization and Financial Development: Malaysian Experience”, Economic Bulletin, Vol. 8, December.
* Nair, M. and Vaithilingam, S (2006), “Modeling Malaysian Natural Rubber Supply Response Function Startegies and Policies to enhance Competitiveness, Journal of International Business and Economics (JIBE) (ISSN: 1544-8037).
* Vaithilingam, S., Nair, M. and Samudram, M. (2006), “Key Drivers for Soundness of the Banking Sector: Lessons for Developing Countries”, Journal of Global Business and Technology (JGBAT), Vol. 2 No. 1 Spring. (ISSN: 1553-5495).
* Vaithilingam, S., Nair, M. and Krishnan Guru, B. (2005), “Private Sector Financing on Economic Growth in Malaysia: Results from Bounds Test”, The Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, Vol. V, No. II, 2005. ISSN: 1542-8710.
* Vaithilingam, S., Krishnan Guru, B. and Shanmugam, B. (2003), Bank Lending and Economic Growth in Malaysia, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Vol. 5, No. 1 2003.
* Krishnan Guru, B.,Vaithilingam, S., and Shanmugam, B. (2002), Cash Management of Malaysian Banks, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2002
* Krishnan Guru, B., Avvari M., Vaithilingam, S. (2001), Customer Satisfaction of Commercial Banks: A Malaysian Case Study, Banker' Journal Malaysia, No. 116, Dec 2000.
* Krishnan Guru, B., Vaithilingam, S. and Sigamani, V. (1999), The Impact of Cash Flow Fluctuations on Banks, Banker' Journal Malaysia, No. 112, Dec 1999.

Others

* Vaithilingam, S., (2015) “Theory Development Workshop” at Plenary Theatre, Monash University Malaysia, 4 July 2015 (organizer).
* Vaithilingam, S., (2014) “Theory Development Workshop” at Plenary Theatre, Monash University Malaysia, 28 July 2014 (organizer)
* Vaithilingam, S., (2014) International Workshop on Mathematical Modelling for Application on “Big Data and the Power of Statistics for Decision Makers: Patterns, Predictions and prescriptive Analytics” at Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, 25-27 November, 2014 (co-organizer for a three day workshop).

Local Grants

Title Malaysian Knowledge Content III Study
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair (PI)
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Dr. Teh Pei Li
Dr. Afkar Hilles
Dr. Au Wee Chan
Funding Period 2014 to 2016
Funding Body/Organisation Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department
Title National Innovation Ecosystem and Sustainable Development: Leap Frogging Strategies for Marginalized Communities in Malaysia
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair (PI)
Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Funding Period Oct 2010 to March 2012
Funding Body/Organisation MOSTI – Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
Title ICT Adoption Among 'Urban-Poor' Communities in Malaysia: Key Drivers, Challenges and Way Forward
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair (PI)
Assoc. Prof. Muthi Samudram
Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Assoc. Prof. Gil-Soo Han
Assoc. Prof. Lee Heejin
Mr. Ramamchandran
Funding Period Jan 2009 to Jun 2010
Funding Body/Organisation Monash University Sunway Campus
Title High Impact Research Project with the Malaysian Government - A Comparative-Static and Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Model of Malaysia
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Centre for Policy Studies-Monash Australia
Funding Period 2008 to 2010
Funding Body/Organisation Ministry of Finance Malaysia
Title Identification and Inference of Banking Sector Fragility: An Econometrics Analysis
Investigators Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Funding Period Jan 2008 – Dec 2008
Funding Body/Organisation Monash University Sunway Campus
Title Assessment of the Financial Systems in Selected ASEAN Countries
Investigators Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Funding Period Jan 2007 – Dec 2007
Funding Body/Organisation Monash University Sunway Campus
Title Mobile Banking in Malaysia : Strategies and Policies to Enhance Greater Usage of New Technology
Investigators Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Funding Period Jan 2006 – Dec 2006
Funding Body/Organisation Monash University Sunway Campus
Title The Role of Banks on Economic Growth: Time Series Evidence from Selected Southeast Asian Countriesx
Investigators Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Funding Period Jan 2004 – Dec 2004
Funding Body/Organisation Monash University Sunway Campus

Current Supervision

Student Nazirul Hazim A. Khalim
Title How Can Large Organisations Also Be Innovative Organisations? (PhD
StudentChun Min Soo
TitleKey drivers for gross national happiness: the perspective of Malaysia and South Korea (Phd).
StudentJeyanthi Thuraisingham
TitleEfficacy of Microfinance Schemes in enhancing Economic Wealth of Marginalized Communities in a Developing Country: The case of Malaysia; (PhD)                                                                                                                               

Completed Supervision

StudentJie Ying Ewilly, Liew
TitleImpact of Social Network Technologies on University Students’ Dynamic Capabilities and Creative Performance in Malaysia. (PhD, 2015)
Awarding University Monash University
StudentN. Suppiah, Visvalingam
TitleInfluence of Selected Organizaional Factors on Tacit Knowledge Sharing Behaviour, (PhD, 2014)
Awarding University Monash University
StudentChin Chin, Wong
TitleEnabling Ecosystem for Mobile Advertising in An Emerging Market; (PhD, 2013)
Awarding University Monash University

Local Award

Award Name Pro Vice Chancellor Award of Excellence (Research)
Awarding Body Monash University Sunway campus
Year of award Sem 1, 2011
Project Title Gold Dinar and Business Cycle Studies
Award Name Pro Vice Chancellor Award of Excellence (Teaching)
Awarding Body Monash University Sunway campus
Year of award Sem 2, 2009
Project Title An activity-based approach in teaching Economics
Award Name Pro Vice Chancellor Award of Excellence (Teaching)
Awarding Body Monash University Sunway campus
Year of award Sem 1, 2009
Project Title Classroom Management
Award Name Best Paper at FEP Seminar
Awarding Body University Putra Malaysia
Year of award 2007
Project Title Managing Knowledge in the Borderless World
Award Name Bronze Medal at the Exhibition of Invention, Research & Innovation UPM
Awarding Body University Putra Malaysia
Year of award 2006
Project Title Decomposing the Malaysian Aggregate Shocks Using the Bayesian State-Space Based Approach
Award Name Bronze Medal at the Exhibition of Invention, Research & Innovation UPM
Awarding Body University Putra Malaysia
Year of award 2005
Project Title Optimum Currency Areas in East Asia: A Bayesian State-Spaced Based Approach

Local Presentation

*AKEPT workshop: publication writing forum-facilitated in the sessions
*Vaithilingam, S. (2015), PhD Doctoral Colloquim, Cherating, Kuantan (Panel Reviewer).
*Vaithilingam, S. (2014), PhD Doctoral Colloquium, Port Dickson from 1-3 June 2014 (Panel Reviewer).