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…
Jul 2014
Author(s): Franco, Maria; Scartascini, Carlos
Most policy analyses and academic papers deal with finding the combination of policies that may bring about the best development outcomes. However, in the long run, it is the features of public…
Jul 2014
Author(s): Franco, Maria; Scartascini, Carlos
La mayoría de análisis de las políticas y documentos académicos tratan de cómo encontrar la combinación de políticas que puedan arrojar los mejores resultados para el desarrollo. Sin embargo, a…
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…
Dec 2013
Author(s): Nugent, Stevonne; Schmid, Juan Pedro
Jamaican firms are constantly plagued by a number of issues that restrict their ability to grow. The World Bank's Enterprise Survey examined the key indicators to give insight on the business…
Nov 2013
Author(s): Nugent, Stevonne; Schmid, Juan Pedro
Jamaica is projected to exit a prolonged recession that has left deep scars in the socioeconomic conditions of the country. Besides increasing macroeconomic vulnerabilities and halting economic…
Oct 2013
Author(s): Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Melgarejo, Karl Alexander
Caribbean countries are many times described as "vulnerable" in that they are highly prone to shocks such as food price hikes, natural disasters, and other global phenomena. This policy…
Jul 2013
Author(s): Borensztein, Eduardo; Piedrabuena, Bernardita; Ossowski, Rolando; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Miller, Sebastián J.
El manejo adecuado de los ingresos fiscales por Recursos Naturales No Renovables (RNNR) busca cumplir tres objetivos: evitar la desestabilización macroeconómica, redistribuir equitativamente la…