Dec 2018
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro; Waithe, Kimberly; Lorde, Kishmar
The Barbados economy has been challenged over the last decade by elevated fiscal deficits and a rapid build-up in debt. While the country has made efforts to address this challenge through revenue…
Aug 2018
Author(s): Smets, Lodewijk
Policies are not designed and implemented by a social planner but are determined through a political process, based on the policymakers' preferences, beliefs and the constraints provided by…
Jun 2018
Author(s): Wright, Allan; Grenade, Kari
This Policy Brief examines The Bahamas’ Fiscal Responsibility Bill 2018, juxtaposing it against some standard principles that typically guide the formation of a fiscal responsibility framework. Key…
Jun 2018
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra; Baxter, Sasha
This paper examines the effectiveness of Guyana’s fiscal framework as the country prepares to usher in an era of oil wealth. The paper draws on a large body of literature to determine the key…
May 2018
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra
Human capital, as reflected in education levels and skills, and innovation are two important engines of economic growth. The Caribbean is deficient in both: lower than expected GDP growth rates are…
May 2018
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Waithe, Kimberly
This policy brief presents a summary of the development challenges facing the country of Barbados
May 2018
Author(s): Wenner, Mark D.; Bollers, Elton
This policy brief presents a summary of the development challenges facing the country.
May 2018
Author(s): Mooney, Henry; Schmid, Juan Pedro
This policy brief presents a summary of the development challenges facing the country.
May 2018
Author(s): Smets, Lodewijk
This policy brief presents a summary of the development challenges facing the country
May 2018
Author(s): Wright, Allan
This policy brief presents a summary of the development challenges facing the country.
May 2018
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra
This policy brief presents a summary of the development challenges facing the country
Apr 2018
Author(s): Pasha, Sukrishnalall; Bollers, Elton; Wenner, Mark D.
Guyana has experienced significant economic growth and several waves of reforms over the past two decades. Nevertheless, several constraints continue to affect Guyana’s private sector. This policy…
Apr 2018
Author(s): Grenade, Kari; Wright, Allan
Risks from climatic changes, advances in financial technology, de-risking activities by correspondent banks, and changing lifestyles and expectations of millennial customers are deemed to be macro-…
Dec 2017
Author(s): Sutton, Heather; Baxter, Sasha
Over the past decade, Guyana has recorded impressive economic growth. Many argue that the country’s economic future looks even brighter thanks to the recent massive oil discovery. But its development…
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…
Feb 2017
Author(s): Wright, Allan; Kellman, Bradley
De-risking has the potential to develop into a threat to Barbados posing a challenge to the country's continued development and economic stability if left unchecked. Early indications are that…
Jan 2017
Author(s): Wright, Allan
From productivity performance indicators derived from the World Bank, The Bahamas is underperforming relative to our Caribbean economies and even other small economies within Latin America and the…
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…
Nov 2016
Author(s): Wright, Allan
It is essential to have secure, stable monetary and worldwide payment frameworks that reduce exposure to Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (ML/FT), while permitting access to markets and…