Feb 2022
Author(s): Rosenblatt, David;Mooney, Henry;Clayton, Khamal;Ortiz de Mendívil, Cloe;McCaskie, Ariel;Gauto, Victor;Graham, Monique;Khadan, Jeetendra;Satnarine-Singh, Nirvana
Last year ended with incipient but fragile economic recoveries in most Caribbean economies. Relatively low vaccination rates remain a concern in the six countries covered by the Caribbean Country…
Jan 2022
Author(s): Rosenblatt, David;Mooney, Henry;García Zaballos, Antonio;Ortiz de Mendívil, Cloe;McCaskie, Ariel;Gauto, Victor;Christie, Jason;Khadan, Jeetendra;Abdul-Haqq, Nazera
This edition reviews the long-term performance of economic growth and productivity in the region. It then draws on research from the Inter-American Development Banks Connectivity, Markets, and…
Aug 2021
Author(s): Mooney, Henry;Rosenblatt, David;Ortiz de Mendívil, Cloe;Frazier, Gralyn;McCaskie, Ariel;Gauto, Victor;Bollers, Elton;Christie, Jason;Khadan, Jeetendra;Abdul-Haqq, Nazera
For more than a year, the Caribbean economics team at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has focused on the potential implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for lives and livelihoods across the…
May 2021
Author(s): Gomez Garcia, Olga;Mooney, Henry;Rosenblatt, David;Zegarra, Maria Alejandra;Frazier, Gralyn;McCaskie, Ariel;Gauto, Victor;Bollers, Elton;Christie, Jason;Khadan, Jeetendra;Abdul-Haqq, Nazera
Countries around the world have endured over a year of extreme uncertainty in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, and economies in the Caribbean have suffered more than most. But with the increasing…
Apr 2021
Author(s): Pollock, Wilson
Pivot is a movement of radical ideas for the Caribbean of the future. In 2020, the IDB and its partners (Caribbean Climate Smart-Accelerator (CCSA), Destination Experience (DE), and Singularity…
Dec 2020
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether;Mooney, Henry;Bollers, Elton;Rosenblatt, David;Zegarra, Maria Alejandra;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Frazier, Gralyn;McCaskie, Ariel;Khadan, Jeetendra;Abdul-Haqq, Nazera;Gauto, Victor
For most Caribbean countries, the COVID-19 pandemic will translate into the deepest single-year contraction of real GDP on record in 2020. With the exception of Guyana, countries have experienced…
Nov 2020
Author(s): Mooney, Henry;Rosenblatt, David;Giles Álvarez, Laura;McCaskie, Ariel;Gauto, Victor;Bollers, Elton;Khadan, Jeetendra;Abdul-Haqq, Nazera
Except for Barbados, the Caribbean region experienced a new surge of Covid cases in the middle of this summer. Several factors contributed to this unfortunate situation: a rise in imported cases as…
Aug 2020
Author(s): Bello, Omar;Hendrickson, Michael;Marcano, Blaine;Pantin, Machel;Mery, Gustavo;Espiga, Carlos;Espiga, Franklin;Gonzalez, Mauricio;Flores, Adrián;Ibarra, Francisco;Marconi, Salvador;Williams, Robert;Attademo-Hirt, Florencia ;Nelson, Michael
Hurricane Irma was the largest hurricane observed in the Atlantic open ocean, maintaining a Category 5 for three days, and made landfall over Turks and Caicos, and later Barbuda, before reaching the…
Aug 2020
Author(s): Bello, Omar;Williams, Robert;Hendrickson, Michael;De Andrade, Roberto;Mery, Gustavo;Bazo, Andrés;De Quattro, Jeff;Ibarra, Francisco;Marcano, Blaine;Marconi, Salvador;Ruiz, Esteban;Attademo-Hirt, Florencia ;Nelson, Michael;Barón, Marie Edwige
Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 marks the second time in just over a year that the country was affected by a Category 4 hurricane. Hurricane Matthew's greatest impact was felt on the country…
Aug 2020
Author(s): Deopersad, Chitralekha;Persaud, Christopher;Chakalall, Yuri;Bello, Omar;Masson, Malaika;Perroni, Alejandra;Carrera-Marquis, Daniela;Fontes de Meira, Luciana;Gonzales, Candice;Peralta, Leda;Skerette, Nyasha;Marcano, Blaine;Pantin, Machel;Vivas, Gabriel;Espiga, Carlos;Allen, Eduardo;Ruiz, Esteban;Ibarra, Francisco;Espiga, Franklin;Gonzalez, Mauricio;Marconi, Salvador;Nelson, Michael
Hurricane Dorian is not an isolated occurrence, but the latest example of recurrent extreme climate events that have changed the Bahamian landscape and impacted its economy. The increase in water…
Jul 2020
Author(s): Mooney, Henry;Rosenblatt, David;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Gauto, Victor;Bollers, Elton;Christie, Jason;McCaskie, Ariel;Khadan, Jeetendra;Smets, Lodewijk
Governments in the Caribbean region have been relatively successful in flattening the infection curve of the coronavirus in their countries. Geographical isolation is a contributing factor, but…
Apr 2020
Author(s): Mooney, Henry;Rosenblatt, David;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Zegarra, Maria Alejandra;Gauto, Victor;Christie, Jason;Smets, Lodewijk;Khadan, Jeetendra
This special edition of the Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin focuses on the evolving economic and human consequences of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak for countries in the Caribbean region. Our team of…
Dec 2019
Author(s): Rosenblatt, David;Schmid, Juan Pedro;Wright, Allan;Bollers, Elton;Khadan, Jeetendra;Smets, Lodewijk;Mooney, Henry;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Waithe, Kimberly;Gauto, Victor;Christie, Jason
The divergence in the development of the countries that correspond to the Inter-American Development Banks Caribbean Country Department and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)…
Sep 2019
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro;Wright, Allan;Bollers, Elton;Khadan, Jeetendra;Smets, Lodewijk;Mooney, Henry;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Waithe, Kimberly;Gauto, Victor;Zegarra, Maria Alejandra;Christie, Jason;Gomes, Zandra ;Baboolal, Denesh;Montano, Robin
Welcome to the September 2019 Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin. Infrastructure is the lifeblood of a country. However, low, and even declining, investments, insufficient maintenance and extreme…
Jun 2019
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro;Wright, Allan;Bollers, Elton;Khadan, Jeetendra;Smets, Lodewijk;Mooney, Henry;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Waithe, Kimberly;Deyal, Zubin;Gauto, Victor;Christie, Jason
The Year 2019 and Beyond
• Following the recent strong performance of the global economy, forecasts are slightly less optimistic for the future. In addition, downside risks have increased and…
Mar 2019
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro;Wright, Allan;Khadan, Jeetendra;Smets, Lodewijk;Mooney, Henry;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Gauto, Victor;Zegarra, Maria Alejandra
The March 2019 Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin focuses on a specific challenge for the Caribbean economies – insufficient financial inclusion, which can hold back growth, development, and efforts…
Dec 2018
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro;Schwartz, Moises;Zegarra, Maria Alejandra;Wright, Allan;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Waithe, Kimberly;Gauto, Victor;Bollers, Elton;Mooney, Henry;Khadan, Jeetendra;Smets, Lodewijk
The divergence in the development of the countries that correspond to the Inter-American Development Bank’s Caribbean Country Department and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)…
Sep 2018
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro;Wright, Allan;Bollers, Elton;Khadan, Jeetendra;Smets, Lodewijk;Mooney, Henry;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Schwartz, Moises;Waithe, Kimberly;Deyal, Zubin;Gauto, Victor
While countries in the Caribbean are highly diverse, several common development challenges emerge, including weak fiscal institutions, crime and violence, a sluggish private sector, weak productive…
Sep 2018
Author(s): Wenner, Mark D.;Deopersad, Chitralekha;Saghir, Lynn;Mejia, Camila;Gischler, Christiaan;Pavon, Fernando;Payne, Dana;Pecha, Camilo;Beepath, Vasu;Marray, Amanda
The first edition of The Next Wave magazine is meant to feature how the Caribbean Country Department is dedicated to creating vibrant and resilient economies in the Caribbean and how it is focused on…
Jun 2018
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro;Wright, Allan;Bollers, Elton;Khadan, Jeetendra;Smets, Lodewijk;Mooney, Henry;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Schwartz, Moises;Waithe, Kimberly
The year 2017 brought mixed results for the countries of the Caribbean Country Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the situation remains similar in 2018. While The Bahamas,…