Conference on Economic Growth, Development and Macroeconomic Policy

Created 01 Oct, 2010
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Options for the Caribbean After the Global Financial Crisis


Organized by the University of the West Indies, the Central Bank of
Barbados, and the International Monetary Fund

January 27-28, 2011
Hilton Hotel, Bridgetown, Barbados

The recent global financial and economic crisis has brought to the fore the significant challenges faced by Caribbean countries. Growth has slowed significantly in most economies in the region and the financial sector has come under stress. The fiscal stance has eased and public debt levels, which were already high, continue to increase rapidly, reflecting the slowdown in growth and, in some cases, the authorities’ efforts to use countercyclical fiscal policy to mitigate the impact of the crisis.

The International Monetary Fund, the University of the West Indies, and the Central Bank of
Barbados are organizing a conference in Bridgetown, Barbados to discuss issues related to Caribbean regional economic growth, debt, and their associated policy challenges. The aim of the conference is to bring together academicians and researchers as well as policymakers to discuss and share their knowledge and experience on pressing economic and financial issues to help the Caribbean countries seize the opportunities and meet the challenges of high and sustained growth as the global economy recovers from the current “Great Recession”.

Papers on the above themes of the conference are invited for consideration to be presented at the conference. Full papers should be submitted (in Word or pdf format) for consideration by December 1, 2010 to along with a copy of the author’s short resume. Papers should list the author’s name, affiliation, telephone/fax number, address, and e-mail. The decision on whether the paper has been accepted for presentation will be conveyed by December 30, 2010. All presenters will be reimbursed for travel expenses and accommodation.

The Program Committee will evaluate all submissions in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance and will contact the authors whose papers have been selected.
Conference Program Committee: Rodrigo Valdes (Chair), Trevor Alleyne, Alfred Schipke, and Nita Thacker (all IMF), Andrew Downes (UWI, Cave Hill), Patrick Watson (UWI, St. Augustine), and Kevin Greenidge (Central Bank of Barbados).
Conference Coordinators: Nita Thacker and Therese Turner-Jones.

For any questions please send e-mails Papers accepted for presentation may be published as proceedings of the ?conference.


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