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…
Jul 2021
Author(s): Khoury, Fares
The objective of this report is to present an actionable programme to bring initial moonshot ideas into fully accomplishable projects, ready to be deployed. It comprises three parts. The first part,…
May 2021
Author(s): Gómez García, 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…
May 2021
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Bottan, Nicolas L.; Hoffmann, Bridget; Khadan, Jeetendra; Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
This dataset constitutes a panel follow-up to the 2016/2017 Suriname Survey of Living Conditions. It measures welfare related variables before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic including…
May 2021
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Hoffmann, Bridget; Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
This dataset constitutes a panel follow-up to the 2016 Barbados Survey of Living Conditions. It measures welfare related variables before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic including labor…
Apr 2021
Author(s): Arteaga Garavito, Maricruz; Beuermann, Diether; Khadan, Jeetendra
A nationally representative telephone survey on the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in Suriname was conducted during the month of August in 2020. This paper presents a summary of the main…
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…
Feb 2021
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Schwartz, Moises; Reyes-Tagle, Gerardo; Silvani, Carlos; Ospina, Laura; Fajgenbaum, Jose; Loser, Claudio; Mooney, Henry; Prats Cabrera, Joan Oriol; Rosenblatt, David; Ter-Minassian, Teresa; Ossowski, Rolando; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Gauto, Victor; Khadan, Jeetendra; Zegarra, Maria Alejandra; De Haan, Jakob; Rojas-Suárez, Liliana; Beck, Thorsten
This volume focuses on economic institutions defined as rules and organizational arrangements that, if they govern the design and implementation of fiscal and monetary policies, can better align…
Dec 2020
Author(s): Giles Álvarez, Laura; Khadan, Jeetendra
This paper provides an insight on the gender impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Caribbean. The analysis makes use of the April 2020 online COVID-19 survey that the Inter-American Development…
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…
Dec 2020
Author(s): Saavedra, José Jorge; Alleng, Gerard
Like other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Caribbean island economies have intrinsic characteristics that make them vulnerable to external shocks. The recent pandemic highlights the structural…
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…
Oct 2020
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Hoffmann, Bridget; Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
This dataset constitute a panel follow-up to the 2016 Barbados Survey of Living Conditions. It measures welfare related variables before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic including labor…
Oct 2020
Author(s): Arteaga Garavito, Maricruz; Beuermann, Diether; Giles Álvarez, Laura; McCaskie, Ariel
We conducted a telephone-based nationally representative survey of Barbados between May and June 2020. The main objective was to quantify the early consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. We document…
Sep 2020
Author(s): Allende López, Marcos; Alleyne, Antonio; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Khadan, Jeetendra; Waithe, Kimberly
This paper analyzes the potential effects that distributed ledger technology (DLT) could have on intraregional trade volumes in the Caribbean. Using a two-step panel regression gravity model for 15…
Aug 2020
Author(s): Arteaga Garavito, Maricruz; Beuermann, Diether; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Gauto, Victor; Khadan, Jeetendra; Mooney, Henry; Smets, Lodewijk
COVID-19 has triggered a severe and unprecedented economic crisis in the Caribbean region. The combination of the halt in tourism arrivals, the fall in international oil prices, and a widespread…
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…