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May, 2013
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The Government of Jamaica reintroduced the no-user fee policy for public health-care facilities in 2008. This study examines how the abolition of user fees has impacted health services in Jamaica. The loss of revenue from user fees has resulted in a reduction in the ability to purchase pharmaceutical and medical supplies, and hire adequate medical personal, and led to increased waiting/processing times.

January, 2013
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Public expenditure on education in Jamaica continues to surpass the average for developing countries, yet low test scores attest to a haemorrhaging education system. This paper assesses the current status and future prospects of nine critical dimensions of education in Jamaica.

December, 2011
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This paper evaluates the value of social partnerships as a governance tool for the Commonwealth Caribbean by examining the experiences of Botswana, Ireland and Barbados, as well as the less-than-successful attempts to implement a social partnership in Jamaica.

June, 2011
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The continued use of government revenues to sustain public sector deficits has been highlighted as a major structural weakness by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has called for Public Sector Reform (PSR). This paper looks at success factors for PSR in Jamaica.

September, 2010
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With the advent of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the EU and the Caribbean were forced to negotiate a more liberal Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in 2008 and renounce many of their preferential trade relationships. This research examines the impact of the EPA on Caribbean states, showing it to be modest.

April, 2010
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Fiscal sustainability was finally breached during the 2009 fiscal year when interest payments reached an unprecedented 66 percent of revenues. This crisis precipitated the Jamaica Debt Exchange (JDX) in February 2010 which appears to have been well designed and executed.

November, 2009
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The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) recently concluded by the European Union and CARIFORUM (the countries of CARICOM plus the Dominical Republic) replaces the Lomé arrangements and will govern trade between the two regions going forward. Using a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model, this exercise traces the economic impact of the tariff reductions on European Union imports into the Caribbean and consequently on the economies in the region.

November, 2009
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This paper provides an overview of the existing education system in Jamaica and an analysis on the use of education report cards and value-added assessments for increasing accountability in the education system

April, 2009
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Whenever the value of the Jamaican dollar depreciates there is public debate as to whether the country should change its currency regime to some form of fixed rate or dollarization. This study examines the exchange rate options for Jamaica.

December, 2008
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Social partnerships have emerged as a means for countries to cope with harsh economic circumstances. In this paper, we survey the experiences of other countries and conduct one-on-one consultations with Jamaican stakeholders to ascertain the prospects for successful social partnerships.

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