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Briefing Papers

December, 2009
Thematic Area: 

Within the next decade technological change will revolutionize the energy sector, with renewable energy based electricity becoming competitive with conventional (fossil-fuel based) electricity generation. This brief explores various mechanisms for mobilizing financial resources for investment in renewable energy technologies in the Caribbean.

 

November, 2009
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Given the scarcity of fiscal revenue in the country, the resources needed to improve the education system will have to be generated, not through new cash, but through re-allocation. This brief examines the current tertiary funding model and presents funding alternatives.

 

October, 2009
Thematic Area: 

The country faces significant gaps in its external and fiscal accounts. With limited credit options given the current international economic environment, economic restructuring is imperative to sustainable recovery. This paper shows recourse to the IMF offers a viable solution.

 

October, 2009
Thematic Area: 

An assessment of the trading relationships between Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries and the economic potential to be derived from trade between the LAC region and other emerging economies.

 

September, 2009
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As we approach the end of 2009, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the global economy appears to be stabilizing. This brief weighs the options for the country’s next steps: reduction of public deficit or pursuit of a fiscal stimulus strategy.

 

November, 2008
Thematic Area: 

Pressure for key public officials with dual citizenship to leave public posts has spawned a national debate on the issue. The Caribbean Policy Research Institute undertook a study to investigate the central claims being made by proponents and opponents of the constitutional provision which is the legal basis for such forced vacation.  

 

October, 2007
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Research on the relationship between crime and the economy in Jamaica found two key links. One is that crime directly retards economic growth. The second is that the high rate of violent crime, apparently connected to high levels of interpersonal trust and low levels of confidence in the organs of the State - the olice and court system - heightens transaction costs and therefore diminishes economic activity. Given the apparent connection between violent crime and the loss of confidence in the state, an effective strategy to tackle crime thereby necessitates a restoration of this confidence. 

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