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Dec 2015
Author(s): Mercer-Blackman, Valerie
In this paper, the author examines the current structure of the tax system for hydrocarbon production in Trinidad and Tobago in light of global trends in hydrocarbon taxation. Some of the main…
Jul 2015
Author(s): Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Melgarejo, Karl Alexander; Salazni, Mariana
Sustainable economic growth has reemerged as a subject of Caribbean policydiscussions, given the region's relatively lackluster performance in recent
decades. However, most policy…
Jun 2015
Author(s): Fuentes, J. Rodrigo; Melgarejo, Karl Alexander; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie
A renewed interest in explaining growth in the Caribbean countries is motivated by the somewhat slow but uneven performance in the past decade: per capita GDP gaps in Caribbean countries have widened…
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): 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): 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…
Mar 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…
Nov 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…
Oct 2013
Author(s): Baxter, Sasha; Nugent, Stevonne; Dukharan, Marla; Melgarejo, Karl Alexander; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Ruprah, Inder J.; Salazni, Mariana; Kamau, Musheer O.; Schmid, Juan Pedro; Clarke, Dillon; Thomas, Chrystol; O'Brien, Cherran
The Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin discusses recent economic developments and analyzes the topic of energy for the 6 IDB-member Caribbean countries, as well as the Organization of Eastern…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Melgarejo, Karl Alexander; D'Acosta, Michael; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie
This paper contributes to the analysis of the Caribbean's growth performance by setting out a framework for benchmarking indicators of key micro drivers and related structural policies that help…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Andrian, Leandro Gaston; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Presbitero, Andrea; Rebucci, Alessandro
High government debts, weak economic growth, vulnerability to external shocks and the design of sound fiscal consolidation strategies are among the most critical issues that some of the Caribbean…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Nugent, Stevonne; Baxter, Sasha; Melgarejo, Karl Alexander; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Salazni, Mariana; Kamau, Musheer O.; Schmid, Juan Pedro; Clarke, Dillon; Thomas, Chrystol; O'Brien, Cherran
The Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin provides economic conjunctural and structural information about this particular region. This issue highlights the real growth that remained weak during the…
Jul 2013
Author(s): Abuelafia, Emmanuel; Thomas, Desmond; Leon, Javier; Schmid, Juan Pedro; Kamau, Musheer O.; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie
The Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin provides economic conjunctural and structural information about this particular region. This issue highlights the high debt ratios and fiscal concerns that…
Aug 2010
Author(s): Hvozdyk, Lyudmyla; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie
This paper discusses recent trends in investment in the oil sector, amid new challenges for national and international oil companies in an increasingly supply-constrained environment. After more than…
Jan 2006
Author(s): Murillo, Maria Victoria; Schneider, Ben Ross; Iacoviello, Mercedes; Scartascini, Carlos; Monaldi, Francisco; Payne, J. Mark; Martínez-Gallardo, Cecilia; Stein, Ernesto H.; Echebarría, Koldo; Whitehead, Laurence; Mateo-Berganza Díaz, María Mercedes; Lora, Eduardo; Filc, Gabriel; Bergara, Mario; Saiegh, Sebastián; Magaldi de Sousa, Mariana; Navarro, Juan Carlos; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Pereyra, Andrés; Cárdenas, Mauricio; Tommasi, Mariano; Santiso, Javier; Hughes, Sallie; Zuvanic, Laura; Jones, Mark P.; Clavijo, Laura
This report examines the quality of public policies in Latin America and the Caribbean after more than a decade of political and economic reform. A wide variety of examples and case studies are…