The Central Bank of Barbados publishes a variety of statistics and publications that provide insight on monetary policy, financial stability, and related economic and financial issues. These include but are not limited to Economic Research, Annual Reports, Financial Statements, Financial Stability Reports, Economic Reviews, Economic Press Releases, International Business and Financial Service (IBFS) Newsletters and Monthly Economic Letters.

A wealth of statistical information is shared through CBBWEBSTATS, a series of webpages offering a seamless data dissemination experience. This includes information on the deposit taking financial system, trade in goods, inflation, labour statistics, tourism, balance of payments statistics and interest rates, and data can be downloaded in Excel format through a series of pre-formatted tables. The Historical Exchange Rates portal informs on the buying and selling rates of various currencies, and the Online Chronicle facilitates the ability to search for key aspects of Central Bank Policy in an on-line format, in an easy and efficient manner.

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Working papers

08Jun2022
Estimating the Sizes of Buoyancy and Elasticity of the Tax System in Barbados Over the Period 1990 to 2019 The paper finds that total tax revenue is buoyant in the long-run and non-buoyant in the short run as well as elastic in the long run and inelastic in the short-run.
08Jun2022
The Determinants of Job Losses Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Small Island Developing States Utilising a survey of 1,979 firms in the Caribbean and a Probit regression model, the study identifies the key factors that might lead a firm to retrench staff.
31Dec2021
Expanding the Central Bank’s Tool Kit: Credit Guarantee Schemes in a Small Island Developing State by Shekira Thompson and Winston Moore The COVID-19 pandemic was a negative shock to the real economy which induced both liquidity
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Book Reviews

The Central Bank of Barbados Book Review Series seek to highlight publications which offer useful insights and analysis on topics related to finance, economic development, and other issues relevant to small island developing economies. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Central Bank of Barbados.

Book Notes

The Central Bank of Barbados Book Note Series is primarily a brief commentary noting the publication of an author's work. While it may concisely highlight the main themes covered, it may not necessarily critique the main points raised. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Central Bank of Barbados.

14Dec2020
03Jun2019
Book Review: Creating Resilient Economies: Entrepreneurship, Growth and Development in Uncertain

"Throughout economic history, there has been great emphasis on observing economies’ cycles

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