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What are the prospects for growth in the Caribbean in 2017?

 Storm clouds linger… A story in USAToday regarding 2016 described the year as “…many thi...

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Caribbean Economic Outlook of 2016 – On Wrong Track Already?

Things certainly change quickly in today’s world. One month ago, we published the last Quarterly B...

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De-Risking and Correspondent Banking – A Caribbean Example

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author, Hagainativ Not too long ago, news started to emerge th...

Jamaica Issues US$2 billion in Global Bonds

by Juan Pedro Schmid Photo by IDB It was a long time in the making (and keeping the rumor mills spi...

Caribbean Economic Outlook 2015: Seeing Stars

  Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Egres73 What will 2015 bring to the Caribbean? A famous ...

TT-T1033 : Understanding the Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA).  This operation will finance a technical study on the economics of climate change adaptation in Trinidad and Tobago that will be used to support the implementation of an adaptation agenda, which is one of the components of TT-L1022 PBL. The TC is expected to provide results on: (i) development of an estimate of the potential economic impacts of climate change on Trinidad and Tobago and (ii) development of a portfolio of adaptation measures with detailed cost-benefit estimations that could assist decision makers in the identification of effective adaptation activities for an optimal allocation of resources to increase climate resilience in the country. The project also contributes to the GCI-9 lending targets of: (i) supporting development in small and vulnerable countries and (ii) climate change, sustainable (including renewable) energy, and environmental sustainability and is consistent with the priorities outlined in the Country Strategy with the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (2011-2015) (GN-2638). It is expected that the methodology developed for the TC can be used to do similar ECA studies throughout the Caribbean region.

The Fear Factor a Back-Of-The-Envelope Calculation on the Economic Risk of an Ebola Scare in The Caribbean

This brief presents simulations of an Ebola scare in the Caribbean, including three highly tourism-...

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Big Jump in the Doing Business Indicator Ranking, More Improvements Expected

50-what? That was my reaction when the IDB representative told me the news that Jamaica had moved ...

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Stop Being Miserable

Figure 1: Misery Index for Caribbean Countries Average 2010-2012 Sources: Own calculations from WDI....

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Doing Business in the Third Coolest Nation in the World

Jamaica – Cool People, Chilly Business Climate The CNN recently published a list of the 10 coolest...