Dec 2018
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro; Wright, Allan; Khadan, Jeetendra; Smets, Lodewijk; Mooney, Henry; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Schwartz, Moises; Gauto, Victor
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)…
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…
Oct 2018
Author(s): Schimanski, Caroline; Chagalj, Cristian; Ruprah, Inder J.
As a result of its colonial history the labour market of Trinidad and Tobago is characterized by two majority racial groups of approximately equal number. During colonial times, these racial groups…
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): Beuermann, Diether; Schwartz, Moises; Schmid, Juan Pedro; Dippel, Christian; Schmidt-Hebbel, Klaus; Khadan, Jeetendra; Pecha, Camilo; Fajgenbaum, Jose; Loser, Claudio; Wright, Allan; Waithe, Kimberly; Bollers, Elton; Bonnett, Kevin; Wenner, Mark D.; Mejia, Camila; Mooney, Henry; Smets, Lodewijk
The book explores the historical development and status of political and economic institutions in The Caribbean. The Caribbean institutional reality is studied vis-à-vis best international practices…
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…
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…
Aug 2018
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Jackson, C. Kirabo
Recent studies document that, in many cases, the schools that parents prefer over others do not improve student test scores. This could be because (a) parents cannot discern schools causal impacts,…
Jul 2018
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.; Schimanski, Caroline; Chagalj, Cristian
This study analyzes the evolution of gender-based educational and occupational segregation, from 1999 to 2016, for four Caribbean countries (The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago).…
Jul 2018
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Electricity Bureau of Suriname; Flores Cruz, Ramiro
This dataset covers a Nationally Representative Sample of the Suriname population. It measures all main aspects of living conditions and reports consumption based poverty rates. The survey was…
Jul 2018
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Flores Cruz, Ramiro; Guyana Bureau of Statistics
This dataset covers a Nationally Representative Sample of the Guyana population during the July-September 2017 quarter. It measures all main employment indicators. This is the first quarter of a…
Jul 2018
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether
This dataset covers a Nationally Representative Sample of the Guyana population during the October-December 2017 quarter. It measures all main employment indicators. This is the second quarter of a…
Jul 2018
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Flores Cruz, Ramiro; Barbados Statistical Service
This dataset covers a Nationally Representative Sample of the Barbados population. It measures all main aspects of living conditions and reports consumption based poverty rates. The survey was…
Jul 2018
Author(s): Wenner, Mark D.; Bollers, Elton; Hosein, Roger
The relationship between natural resource endowments and economic growth and development has attracted much attention. Specifically, the Dutch disease phenomenon, which has crippled several economies…
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,…
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): Watson Williams, Carol
This study was specifically designed to collect information on women’s health and their experiences of violence in Jamaica. A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods was used to collect…
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