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Briefing Papers

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
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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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