Apr 2021
Author(s): Arteaga Garavito, Maricruz; Beuermann, Diether; Khadan, Jeetendra
A nationally representative telephone survey on the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in Suriname was conducted during the month of August in 2020. This paper presents a summary of the main…
Apr 2021
Author(s): Pollock, Wilson
Pivot is a movement of radical ideas for the Caribbean of the future. In 2020, the IDB and its partners (Caribbean Climate Smart-Accelerator (CCSA), Destination Experience (DE), and Singularity…
Feb 2021
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Schwartz, Moises; Reyes-Tagle, Gerardo; Silvani, Carlos; Ospina, Laura; Fajgenbaum, Jose; Loser, Claudio; Mooney, Henry; Prats Cabrera, Joan Oriol; Rosenblatt, David; Ter-Minassian, Teresa; Ossowski, Rolando; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Gauto, Victor; Khadan, Jeetendra; Zegarra, Maria Alejandra; De Haan, Jakob; Rojas-Suárez, Liliana; Beck, Thorsten
This volume focuses on economic institutions defined as rules and organizational arrangements that, if they govern the design and implementation of fiscal and monetary policies, can better align…
Dec 2020
Author(s): Giles Álvarez, Laura; Khadan, Jeetendra
This paper provides an insight on the gender impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Caribbean. The analysis makes use of the April 2020 online COVID-19 survey that the Inter-American Development…
Dec 2020
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Mooney, Henry; Bollers, Elton; Rosenblatt, David; Zegarra, Maria Alejandra; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Frazier, Gralyn; McCaskie, Ariel; Khadan, Jeetendra; Abdul-Haqq, Nazera; Gauto, Victor
For most Caribbean countries, the COVID-19 pandemic will translate into the deepest single-year contraction of real GDP on record in 2020. With the exception of Guyana, countries have experienced…
Dec 2020
Author(s): Saavedra, José Jorge; Alleng, Gerard
Like other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Caribbean island economies have intrinsic characteristics that make them vulnerable to external shocks. The recent pandemic highlights the structural…
Nov 2020
Author(s): Mooney, Henry; Rosenblatt, David; Giles Álvarez, Laura; McCaskie, Ariel; Gauto, Victor; Bollers, Elton; Khadan, Jeetendra; Abdul-Haqq, Nazera
Except for Barbados, the Caribbean region experienced a new surge of Covid cases in the middle of this summer. Several factors contributed to this unfortunate situation: a rise in imported cases as…
Oct 2020
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Hoffmann, Bridget; Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
This dataset constitute a panel follow-up to the 2016 Barbados Survey of Living Conditions. It measures welfare related variables before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic including labor…
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…
Sep 2020
Author(s): Allende López, Marcos; Alleyne, Antonio; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Khadan, Jeetendra; Waithe, Kimberly
This paper analyzes the potential effects that distributed ledger technology (DLT) could have on intraregional trade volumes in the Caribbean. Using a two-step panel regression gravity model for 15…
Aug 2020
Author(s): Arteaga Garavito, Maricruz; Beuermann, Diether; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Gauto, Victor; Khadan, Jeetendra; Mooney, Henry; Smets, Lodewijk
COVID-19 has triggered a severe and unprecedented economic crisis in the Caribbean region. The combination of the halt in tourism arrivals, the fall in international oil prices, and a widespread…
Aug 2020
Author(s): Bello, Omar; Hendrickson, Michael; Marcano, Blaine; Pantin, Machel; Mery, Gustavo; Espiga, Carlos; Espiga, Franklin; Gonzalez, Mauricio; Flores, Adrían; Ibarra, Francisco; Marconi, Salvador; Williams, Robert; Attademo-Hirt, Florencia ; Nelson, Michael
Hurricane Irma was the largest hurricane observed in the Atlantic open ocean, maintaining a Category 5 for three days, and made landfall over Turks and Caicos, and later Barbuda, before reaching the…
Aug 2020
Author(s): Bello, Omar; Williams, Robert; Hendrickson, Michael; De Andrade, Roberto; Mery, Gustavo; Bazo, Andrés; De Quattro, Jeff; Ibarra, Francisco; Marcano, Blaine; Marconi, Salvador; Ruiz, Esteban; Attademo-Hirt, Florencia ; Nelson, Michael; Barón, Marie Edwige
Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 marks the second time in just over a year that the country was affected by a Category 4 hurricane. Hurricane Matthew's greatest impact was felt on the country…
Aug 2020
Author(s): Deopersad, Chitralekha; Persaud, Christopher; Chakalall, Yuri; Bello, Omar; Masson, Malaika; Perroni, Alejandra; Carrera-Marquis, Daniela; Fontes de Meira, Luciana; Gonzales, Candice; Peralta, Leda; Skerette, Nyasha; Marcano, Blaine; Pantin, Machel; Vivas, Gabriel; Espiga, Carlos; Allen, Eduardo; Ruiz, Esteban; Ibarra, Francisco; Espiga, Franklin; Gonzalez, Mauricio; Marconi, Salvador; Nelson, Michael
Hurricane Dorian is not an isolated occurrence, but the latest example of recurrent extreme climate events that have changed the Bahamian landscape and impacted its economy. The increase in water…
Jul 2020
Author(s): Mooney, Henry; Rosenblatt, David; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Gauto, Victor; Bollers, Elton; Christie, Jason; McCaskie, Ariel; Khadan, Jeetendra; Smets, Lodewijk
Governments in the Caribbean region have been relatively successful in flattening the infection curve of the coronavirus in their countries. Geographical isolation is a contributing factor, but…
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…
Jun 2020
Author(s): Ubfal, Diego; Arráiz, Irani; Beuermann, Diether; Frese, Michael; Maffioli, Alessandro; Verch, Daniel
A randomized controlled trial with 945 entrepreneurs in Jamaica shows positive short-term impacts of soft-skills training on business outcomes. The effects are concentrated among men and disappear 12…
Jun 2020
Author(s): Gauto, Victor; Mooney, Henry
Guyana's economy is on the verge of a historic transformation owing to recent oil discoveries. In this context, maximizing the benefits of faster growth and increased revenues will depend…
May 2020
Author(s): Bollers, Elton; Christie, Jason; Gauto, Victor; Giles Álvarez, Laura; Khadan, Jeetendra; Mooney, Henry; Rosenblatt, David; Smets, Lodewijk
The policies being implemented in the region to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 are short-term support mechanisms, to ensure income for the most vulnerable groups and support to firms facing demand…