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…
Nov 2013
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.;Sierra, Ricardo
In this policy brief, we review the laments of Caribbean businesspersons. We find that subjective perceptions are rooted in an objective reality. Businesspersons do not complain gratuitously.…
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): Ruprah, Inder J.
In this policy brief, we review the problem of a lack of competitiveness and the policy options to improve competitiveness and hence promote economic growth. Inadequate competitiveness can be…
Oct 2013
Author(s): Rios, Ana R.;Peters, Sophia;Meirovich, Hilen
Developing countries could receive international climate financing through diverse resource streams (private investment, traditional development aid, dedicated national funds, carbon markets, etc.),…
Oct 2013
Author(s): Rios, Ana R.;Peters, Sophia;Meirovich, Hilen
Los países en desarrollo pueden recibir financiamiento internacional para el cambio climático a través de distintas fuentes de recursos (inversiones privadas, apoyo tradicional a programas de…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.
This policy brief reviews whether the size of a country limits economic growth. Diseconomies of scale, indivisible fixed costs and geographic barriers represent intrinsic characteristics of small…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.;Melgarejo, Karl Alexander
In this policy brief, we focus on the debates surrounding what has been called the "silent debt crisis" of the Caribbean. We discuss the level of debt at which the relation with economic…