In 2008, Jamaica was hit by the world economic downturn when it was already plagued by years of weak economic performance as well as high and increasing debt levels. As a result of the additional pressure from the global financial crisis, Jamaica's fiscal situation quickly became unsustainable. Starting in 2010, Jamaica’s government took decisive actions, including two domestic … [Read more...] about Jamaica’s Economic Stabilization Program: Four Lessons from its Debt Operations
In a recent publication “Financial Depth, Access, and Inclusion in the Caribbean” (March 2019), IDB economists from across the Caribbean region review the linked issues of financial development, access, and inclusion, with a view to identifying trends, common features, and potential areas for reform. The importance of financial access and inclusion for inclusive and sustainable … [Read more...] about Sustainable Development in the Caribbean: The Importance of Financial Access and Inclusion
Economists are a depressing bunch. Our role is to anticipate and assess risks, which one could argue makes us too despondent. And if you’re lucky enough to get an optimistic outlook from one of us, it will follow by something like ‘on the other hand, the risks are skewed to the downside’. That said, we just published the December 2018 Caribbean Regional Quarterly Bulletin, … [Read more...] about The Caribbean Economic Outlook in Three Graphs
A new publication entitled, “Nurturing Institutions for a Resilient Caribbean” was recently launched in Jamaica. Strong interest in the subject and the lively discussion that ensued at the launch event highlights the importance of institutions for Jamaica’s future development. In this context, a chapter of the publication focused on Jamaica offers insights regarding four key … [Read more...] about Not Standing Still: Takeaways for Jamaica from the book “Nurturing Institutions for a Resilient Caribbean”
Many people in the Caribbean feel that times have become more difficult. The data actually corroborates the perception. An important problem is the weak growth performance since the world financial crisis. While other countries and regions have been recovering, most countries in CCB are today poorer than they were in 2007 as shown in Figure 1, which presents GDP per capita in … [Read more...] about Development Challenges: Is the Caribbean losing out?