Nov 2014
Author(s): Khan, Sarosh R.; Ruprah, Inder J.
Given that the Caribbean region remains open to external vulnerabilities, fiscal policy is a critical tool in managing debt sustainability. But since fiscal outcomes have been persistently poor in…
Oct 2014
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Ruprah, Inder J.; Sierra, Ricardo
This policy brief answers three main questions for the Jamaican economy: (a) Do remittances act as a safety net during negative health shocks? (b) Are remittances subject to moral hazard by receivers…
Aug 2014
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.; Sierra, Ricardo
About 29 percent of teenagers are bullied at school in the Caribbean. Victims of bullying are more lonely, sleep less, and have fewer friends than do their nonbullied peers. Although victims of…
Aug 2014
Author(s): Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Salazni, Mariana
Are output changes and the unemployment rate related in Trinidad and Tobago? According to the economic theory known as Okun's Law, the two variables should be negatively correlated, and for the…
Jun 2014
Author(s): O'Brien, Cherran; Thomas, Chrystol; Wenner, Mark D.; Schmid, Juan Pedro; Kamau, Musheer O.; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Khadan, Jeetendra; Salazni, Mariana; Elías, Carlos; Dukharan, Marla; Beuermann, Diether; Sierra, Ricardo
The Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin analyzes recent economic developments of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. This issue's Special Country Reports…
May 2014
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Ruprah, Inder J.; Sierra, Ricardo
We identify whether remittances facilitate consumption smoothing during health shocks in Jamaica. In addition, we investigate whether remittances are subject to moral hazard by receivers, how the…
Apr 2014
Author(s): O'Brien, Cherran; Thomas, Chrystol; Wenner, Mark D.; Schmid, Juan Pedro; Kamau, Musheer O.; Dukharan, Marla; Khan, Sarosh R.; Ruprah, Inder J.; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie
The Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin discusses recent economic developments and analyzes the topic of external sustainability in the 6 IDB-member Caribbean countries, as well as the Organization…
Feb 2014
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.; Melgarejo, Karl Alexander; Sierra, Ricardo
This report addresses several critical questions regarding Caribbean nations. Does size matter for economic growth and volatility? To what degree has Caribbean economic growth been inferior to that…
Feb 2014
Author(s): Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Seerattan, Dave
This policy brief defines the challenges of conducting appropriate fiscal policy over the past 20 years in four Caribbean countries (The Bahamas, Barbados, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago) and…
Jan 2014
Author(s): O'Brien, Cherran; Thomas, Chrystol; Clarke, Dillon; Schmid, Juan Pedro; Kamau, Musheer O.; Salazni, Mariana; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Dukharan, Marla
The Quarterly Bulletin analyzes recent economic developments of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Special Country Reports consider trends in tourism, and…