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Handbook of Caribbean Economies

Edited by: Robert E. Looney

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367210489
eBook ISBN: 9780429265105
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429265105
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Book description

This volume aims to illustrate the uniqueness of the economies of the countries and territories of the Caribbean as well as the similarities they share with other regions. While most countries in the region share many of the characteristics of middle-income countries, theirs is a matter of extremes. Their generally small size suggests a fragility not found elsewhere. While much of the world is beginning to feel some effects of climate change, the Caribbean is ground zero. These factors suggest a difficult road ahead, but the chapters presented in this volume aim to help to spur the search for creative solutions to the region?s problems.

The chapters, written by expert contributors, examine the Caribbean economies from several perspectives. Many break new ground in questioning past policy mindsets, while developing new approaches to many of the traditional constraints limiting growth in the region.

The volume is organized in four sections. Part I examines commonalities, including issues surrounding small economies, tourism, climate change and energy security. Part II looks at obstacles to sustained progress, for example debt, natural disasters and crime. In Part III chapters consider the specific role of external influences, including the USA and the European Union, the People's Republic of China, as well as regional co-operation. The volume concludes in Part IV with country case studies intended to provide a sense of the diversity that runs through the region.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  An alternative policy approach to growth and stabilization in small open economies Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Impact of climate change on Caribbean economies Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Caribbean energy security Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Caribbean holds its own in global tourism competition Download PDF
Chapter  6:  CARICOM and that vexing issue of size and viability Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Debt and fiscal constraints Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Crime, violence and drugs in the Caribbean Download PDF
Chapter  9:  It’s complicated Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Caribbean natural disasters and country/regional responses Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Why and how to use fiscal policy to target the exchange rate Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Venezuela Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The external economic relations of the Caribbean Download PDF
Chapter  14:  China’s increasing influence in Central America and the Caribbean Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Regional cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Puerto Rican economy Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Haiti Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Cuban economy Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Trinidad and Tobago Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Belize Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Guyana and the advent of world-class petroleum finds Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Development and underperformance in the Barbados economy, 1946–2018 Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Suriname Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Bahamas Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Cayman Islands Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean Basin Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Dominican Republic Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Jamaican economy Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The Dutch Caribbean Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Epilogue  Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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