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Regional Report: Labor and Social Programs in the Caribbean

by CCB Caribbean Economics Team

 CCB’s Caribbean Economics Team is pleased to send the ninth Issue of the Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin.

The Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin analyzes recent economic developments of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. This issue’s Special Country Reports discuss labor and social programs and policies in these countries as well as the performance of the labor markets; it also considers the efficacy of the range of social programs available. The Bulletin also includes a section on recent developments in the countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

While the Caribbean has launched several social and labor programs in the past two decades, systematized information on the nature and extent of these programs along with robust evidence on their effects continues to be scarce. The Caribbean department at the IDB has been working to have a better understanding of these programs. In this issue, the Regional Report describes the main social and labor programs in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago and their corresponding monitoring and evaluation systems.

The next issue will be released in October 2014.

We welcome your comments and feedback. Please send to the Caribbean Economics Team: cet@iadb.org.

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