May 2020
Author(s): Bollers, Elton; Christie, Jason; Gauto, Victor; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Khadan, Jeetendra; Mooney, Henry; Rosenblatt, David; Smets, Lodewijk
The policies being implemented in the region to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 are short-term support mechanisms, to ensure income for the most vulnerable groups and support to firms facing demand…
Dec 2017
Author(s): Blenman, Shamar; Khadan, Jeetendra; Wenner, Mark D.; Bollers, Elton; Waithe, Kimberly; Wright, Allan; Schmid, Juan Pedro
This Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin looks at the year in review. 2017 has been a mixed year for the countries of the Caribbean Country Department of the IDB. While The Bahamas, Barbados and…
Mar 2017
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra; Pradelli, Juan Jose; Schmid, Juan Pedro; Wenner, Mark D.; Wright, Allan; Clarke, Dillon; Waithe, Kimberly
This Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin explores constraints to private sector development in the Caribbean. With economic growth weak and dependent on only a few sectors -either tourism or…
Dec 2016
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra
Energy revenues represent roughly 45 percent of Trinidad and Tobago's GDP and are highly volatile since they are correlated with the price of oil and gas. Hence, sharp changes in energy prices,…
Dec 2016
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.; Wright, Allan; Thomas, Chrystol; Wenner, Mark D.; Schmid, Juan Pedro; Pradelli, Juan Jose; Clarke, Dillon; Waithe, Kimberly
The macroeconomic performance of the countries in the Country Caribbean Department on average worsened in 2016 but is expected to improve in 2017. However, downside risks remain, including heightened…
Oct 2016
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra; Ruprah, Inder J.
Economic diversification is an incessant theme threading policy discussion in Trinidad and Tobago, although with an ebb and flow over time. This topic is once again at the forefront of policy…
Sep 2016
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra; Ruprah, Inder J.; Schmid, Juan Pedro; Wright, Allan; Gomez Osorio, Camillo; Waithe, Kimberly; Wenner, Mark D.; Clarke, Dillon; Thomas, Chrystol; Pradelli, Juan Jose; Okey, Onoh-Obasi
British voters surprised the world when they voted to leave the European Union in June 2016. Markets reacted heavily to the surprise, resulting in high volatility in all major stock indices as well…
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…