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Caribbean Growth in an International Perspective :, The Role of Tourism and Size, Nita Thacker, Sebastian Acevedo Mejia, Roberto Perrelli

After earlier success, growth performance in most Caribbean countries has been disappointing since the early 1990s. With slower growth, output has fallen behind that of relevant comparator countries. This paper analyzes the growth experience of the Caribbean countries from a cross country perspective. Three findings stand out. First, the slowdown in growth is explained more by a decline in productivity rather than a lack of investment. Second, tourism has been a significant contributor to higher growth (through both capital accumulation and productivity) and lower output volatility, and in many countries there is scope for further expansion of this sector. Third, the small size and the fact that most of these countries are islands have limited growth. Policies aimed at improving productivity, further development of the tourism sector, and regional integration could pay dividends in terms of higher growth in the region
Table Of Contents
Cover; Contents; I. Introduction; II. Catching Up or Falling Behind? A Caribbean Tale; Figures; Figure 1. Caribbean: Ratio of Per capita GDP (PPP) to Relevant Comparators, 1970-2009; III. Accounting for Growth in the Caribbean; A. Analytical Framework; B. Growth Accounting Results; Figure 2. ECCU: Contributions to Growth, 1970-2007; Figure 3. Other Caribbean: Contributions to Growth, 1970-2007; C. Level Accounting Results; IV. The Tourism and Growth Nexus in the Caribbean; A. A Brief Review of the Literature; B. The Proposed Econometric Approach; C. The Impact of Tourism on Growth Levels
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non fiction
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