Feb 2022
Author(s): Bernales, Alejandro;Beuermann, Diether;Cumming, Douglas;Olid, Christian
Relatively little is known about the effects of blue-collar crime (theft, robbery, vandalism or arson) on financial decisions. Previous literature has focused its attention either on 'regional…
Sep 2021
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether;Bottan, Nicolas L.;Hoffmann, Bridget;Jackson, C. Kirabo;Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
Canonical human capital theories posit that education, by enhancing worker skills, reduces the likelihood that a worker will be laid off during times of economic change. Yet, this has not been…
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…
Aug 2020
Author(s): Bottan, Nicolas L.;Hoffmann, Bridget;Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
The current coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented public health challenge that has devastating economic impacts for households. Using a sample of 230,540 respondents to online surveys in 17…
Jun 2020
Author(s): Mooney, Henry;Zegarra, Maria Alejandra
The COVID-19 crisis will have devastating implications for countries around the worldparticularly tourism-dependent economies. This paper highlights the vulnerability of many Latin American and…
Jun 2020
Author(s): Mooney, Henry;Zegarra, Maria Alejandra
La COVID-19 tendrá consecuencias devastadoras para los países de todo el mundo, en particular para aquellos que dependen del turismo. Nuestro capítulo resalta que muchos países de América Latina y el…
Jan 2020
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra
This paper provides long- and short -run tax buoyancy estimates for a group of 12 Caribbean countries over the period 1991-2017. By using panel regressions, this paper finds that the long- and short-…
Jan 2020
Author(s): Mooney, Henry;Giles Álvarez, Laura
This paper presents an assessment of financial market development, access, and inclusion for Barbados. Based on a review of indicators, survey data, and other metrics, our analysis suggests that…
Apr 2019
Author(s): Bollers, Elton;Deyal, Zubin;Gauto, Victor;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Khadan, Jeetendra;Mooney, Henry;Smets, Lodewijk;Waithe, Kimberly;Wright, Allan
This policy brief summarizes challenges in the infrastructure sectors of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. It also includes recommendations to overcome these…
Feb 2019
Author(s): Giles Álvarez, Laura;Waithe, Kimberly;Deyal, Zubin
The concepts of economic growth, public debt, and the government’s fiscal balance are strongly intertwined. In Barbados, low growth and recurring fiscal deficits have led to rapid accumulation of…
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): 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).…
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
Mar 2017
Author(s): Mohan, Preeya;Strobl, Eric;Watson, Patrick
In-firm training is a crucial innovative activity in modern knowledge-based economies which face increasing global competition and rapidly changing technology. Nevertheless, there are few studies…
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…
Dec 2016
Author(s): Wright, Allan;Borda, Patrice
This paper examines the role of disaster shock in a one-sector, representative agent dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model (DSGE). First, it estimates a panel vector autoregresive (VAR) model…
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;Hosein, Roger
This paper estimates the trade, revenue, and welfare effects of the proposedCaribbean Community (CARICOM)-Canada free trade agreement (FTA) on
CARICOM countries using a partial equilibrium…