May 2018
Author(s): Mooney, Henry; Schmid, Juan Pedro
This policy brief presents a summary of the development challenges facing the country.
Apr 2017
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Pecha, Camilo
This policy brief answers three main questions with respect to the no-user-fee policy adopted across public health centres in Jamaica: (i) Has the policy improved health status among working age…
Dec 2016
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro
Jamaica entered the world economic downturn in 2008 from a position of ongoing weak economic performance and high, increasing debt levels. As a result, Jamaica's fiscal situation quickly became…
Dec 2016
Author(s): Sutton, Heather; Álvarez, Lucciana
This policy brief uses data from the 2014/2015 Latin American Public Opinion Project survey to examine attitudes toward intimate partner violence and child physical discipline in six Caribbean…
Oct 2016
Author(s): Deonarine, Amrita; Hosein, Roger; Khadan, Jeetendra
Despite seven rounds of negotiations since 2007, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Canada were unable to concur on the establishment of a free trade agreement (FTA) to replace the existing…
Oct 2016
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra; Ruprah, Inder J.
This report estimates the direct and indirect macroeconomic impact of the Brexit leave vote on the Caribbean during 2016 and 2017 in terms of economic growth, exports, tourism, and remittances. We…
Jan 2016
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro; Malcolm, Xavier
The buildup of debt in Jamaica has been concurrent with the country's sloweconomic growth, and the issues are intertwined. High debt slows economic
growth, and slow economic growth makes…
Sep 2015
Author(s): Robles, Marcos; Rubio, Marcela G.; Stampini, Marco
We present novel estimates of the quality of targeting of conditional cash transfer (CCT) and non-contributory pension (NCP) programs in Latin-America and the Caribbean. Our contribution is novel in…
Sep 2015
Author(s): Robles, Marcos; Rubio, Marcela G.; Stampini, Marco
Presentamos nuevas estimaciones sobre la calidad de la focalización de los programas de transferencias monetarias condicionadas (TMC) y de las pensiones no contributivas (PNC) en América Latina y el…
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…
Apr 2015
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro
The worldwide fight against money laundering (AML) is escalating. Individuals and businesses that conduct and depend on legitimate international financial transactions are feeling the impact of…
Jan 2015
Author(s): Khan, Sarosh R.
After a long period of stagnating prices, the global bauxite market is experiencing changes which are expected to drive prices higher. To a large extent, these changes are driven by increasing demand…
Dec 2014
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro; Malcolm, Xavier
This brief presents simulations of an Ebola scare in the Caribbean, including three highly tourism-dependent economies, The Bahamas, Barbados, and Jamaica. On the basis of the experience of Mexico in…
Nov 2014
Author(s): Khan, Sarosh R.; Ruprah, Inder J.
Given that the Caribbean region remains open to external vulnerabilities, fiscal policy is a critical tool in managing debt sustainability. But since fiscal outcomes have been persistently poor in…
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…
Jul 2014
Author(s): Attzs, Marlene; Maharaj, Malini; Boodhan, Gopiechand
Although the Caribbean region relies heavily on its natural assets as sources of income, generally for tourism and in particular cases from agriculture and energy, environmental taxes in the region…
Mar 2014
Author(s): Thomas, Chrystol
In this policy brief, we examine the current tourism product in the CARICOM member states with a particular focus on the economies that rely most on the industry. The analysis shows that the tourism…
Feb 2014
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro
Jamaica's fiscal and debt position has long been recognized as a major issue for the country, and the country has made several attempts to resolve this challenge by increasing revenue or…
Jan 2014
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…
Dec 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…