Reports

Brain Gain: Solving the Labour Shortage and Competing for Global Talent
Brain Gain: Solving the Labour Shortage and Competing for Global Talent

Jamaica, a traditional labour-exporting country, is currently experiencing record low unemployment of 4.5 percent and a worsening shortage of skills. This skills shortage acts as a constraint on economic growth and development. With funding from the European Union, CAPRI's latest study delves into the matter and propose recommendations based on the findings.

Researchers:
Dr. Damien King, Priya Alexander, Ronaldo Blake, Ronaldhino McLean, Andrew Nelson
Budget Breakdown 2023: An Analysis of the Government's Revenue and Expenditure Proposals
Budget Breakdown 2023: An Analysis of the Government's Revenue and Expenditure Proposals

At the start of the new fiscal year, the Minister of Finance presented the Government’s expenditure and revenue estimates for parliamentary approval. Without the critical engagement of a well-informed public, the budget will not reflect the needs of the people who are obligated to fund it. This report breaks down the complexities of the budget and identified three noteworthy shifts. 

Researchers:
Dr. Damien King, Priya Alexander, Ronaldo Blake
Growthless Jobs: The Paradox Rising Employment and Stagnant Output
Growthless Jobs: The Paradox Rising Employment and Stagnant Output

The rapid and significant fall in the unemployment rate over the last ten years, to historic lows, without corresponding economic growth, has spurred questions about whether the newly created jobs are good quality jobs which can contribute meaningfully to the economy. There is a need to better understand this phenomenon of “growthless jobs” to inform any effort to rectify this concerning divergence…

Researchers:
Ronaldo Blake
Fair Pay: The Wage Gap Barrier to Women's Empowerment
Fair Pay: The Wage Gap Barrier to Women's Empowerment

Women are still generally poorer than men in Jamaica. Among the several reasons put forth for women’s continued inequality to men in Jamaica, one that continues to keep women from advancing to the level of their male counterparts is the gender wage gap. Women are more likely to be in vulnerable forms of employment, and less likely to be in leadership positions, both of which can contribute to women…

Researchers:
Kelly-Ann Dixon Hamil, Priya Alexander, Yentyl Williams, Ronaldo Blake, Diana Thorburn
The Business of Care: Boosting Productivity by Supporting Workers’ Care Obligations
The Business of Care: Boosting Productivity by Supporting Workers’ Care Obligations

Employer-provided care support for workers with care obligations could be one solution to Jamaica’s productivity and labour market challenges. In Jamaica, however, there is no provision of public services or infrastructure to support unpaid care and domestic work obligations. Internationally, the data supports the proposition that both employees and employers’ benefit when employers provide support…

Researchers:
Diana Thorburn, Yentyl Williams, Priya Alexander, Shana-kay Chisholm
Following the Money 2022: Transparency and Oversight in the Government Budget Process
Following the Money 2022: Transparency and Oversight in the Government Budget Process

The Open Budget Survey (OBS) is the world’s only independent, comparative, and objective research instrument for this purpose; this instrument was used for this assessment. Of the 120 countries assessed by the OBS in 2021, the vast majority (94), Jamaica included, failed to reach the minimum threshold for adequate budget transparency, public participation, and oversight. This report assesses how…

Researchers:
Shana-kay Chisholm
Who Cares: The Real Cost of Unpaid Care and Domestic Work
Who Cares: The Real Cost of Unpaid Care and Domestic Work

Unpaid care and domestic work is an important aspect of economic activity and the well-being of individuals. There are negative implications of unpaid care and domestic work for well-being, labour force participation rates, labour exclusion, gender equality, and women’s empowerment. However, the economic scope - its monetary value, and how it intersects with other economic activity - of unpaid care…

Researchers:
Capri Research
Gender-based Violence in Jamaican News Media
Breaking News: Gender-based Violence in Jamaican News Media

Jamaica has the second-highest rate of femicide (intentional homicide of females) and one of the world's highest rates of intimate partner violence. While the causes of GBV are complex, cultural attitudes have been found to contribute significantly to the scale and nature of violence against women and girls, and the reactions and responses to it. There is a proven link between media consumption and…

Researchers:
Jahnine Davis, Dominique Graham
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Footing The Bill: The Hard Choices for Financing University Education

Education is arguably the most important factor in attaining national economic development. In any country, higher education is both a fundamental requirement in achieving a highly skilled labour force as well as an aspiration of many young people for their own personal development and social mobility. No country can achieve sustainable development without substantial investment in human capital.…

Researchers:
Saramaria Virri
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Long Shot: Aiming to Reduce Vaccine Hesitancy

Jamaica began its COVID-19 vaccination programme in March 2021, but Jamaica’s vaccination rate is the second lowest in the Caribbean region, and despite an adequate supply of vaccines, demand remains low. Jamaica is almost certain to fail to reach the desired goal of vaccinating 65 percent of the population by March 31, 2022. This report aims to explore why the uptake of vaccines in Jamaica is so…

Researchers:
Dr. Damien King
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Following the Money (Covid Edition): Transparency and Oversight in the Disbursement of Covid Funds

Across the world, as in Jamaica, the pandemic challenged governments’ capacity to manage resources effectively and equitably. With fiscal resources moving around on such a massive scale, civil society partners across 120 countries, including the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) in Jamaica, worked with the International Budget Partnership (IBP) to take a closer look at how governments…

Researchers:
Monique Graham
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Cheque In: Increasing Access to the Formal Financial System

Financial inclusion is a key element of poverty reduction and inclusive development. In seeking to improve citizens’ well-being and increase economic growth, financial inclusion enables individuals and businesses to build resilience and capitalize on economic opportunities. Notwithstanding these benefits, there are barriers to expanding access to and usage of the four functionalities that…

Researchers:
Monique Graham