Economic Policies in Small Open Economies

Prospects for the Caribbean

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This study deals with some of the major issued discussed at a symposium entitled “Small States: Problems and Opportunities in a World of Rapid Change”, which was held in March 1991 in St Kitts and Nevis. The symposium focused on the special problems confronting the management and development of small states’ economies.

The study, prepared by Delisle Worrell, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, argues that the economic adjustment strategies adopted by many Caribbean economies in the 1980s were in appropriate in trying to restore external balance and raise economic output. The analysis pays particular attention to the economic adjustment strategies of Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. To improve the performance of Caribbean economies, the author calls for a better mix of stabilisation policies with a deliberate export promotion strategy.



A Summary of the Argument

Only a few of the smallest Caribbean countries have survived the 1970s and 1980s with healthy economies. The majority of the Caribbean populations are no better off in 1991 than they were in 1970. Earlier, I explored the roots of economic decline in the English-speaking Caribbean (Worrell, 1987).


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