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.

The Bank’s Data Centre houses a wealth of statistical information related to historical exchange rates, selected market statistics on treasury bill auctions, and balance of payments statistics. The Data Centre’s Online Statistics Database facilitates access to a vast array of time series data in downloadable form, in some instances as far back as 1946. Its Chronicle of Central Policies 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

Liquidity Effects on Consumers’ Imports in Trinidad and Tobago

This paper examines the effects of liquidity on the demand for

How much Gold should Central Banks in open Economies hold by (m.2017)

Both gold and sovereign securities – primarily US Treasuries – are

De-risking in the Caribbean: The Unintended Consequences of International Financial Reform This paper analyses the potential causes and consequences on the Caribbean of de-risking strategies adopted by international banks in response to recent changes in bank regulation, reporting requirements and judicial pursuits.
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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.

Book Review - America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve. Lowenstein, Roger. Penguin Press, 2015 "The book America’s Bank provides an engaging recount of the events and players involved in the US Federal Reserve. While the text is a tremendous accomplishment in relation to economic history, it is written in a very engaging fashion and should easily be consumed by persons with little or no training in finance or economics."
Book Review - Rethinking Productive Development Sound Policies and Institutions for Economic Transformations, Palgrave Macmillan; 2014 “Despite the limitations the book fulfils its intended goal, that is, to rethink productive development policies to improve income per capita in the region and close the income per capita gap between the region and the more advanced countries….”
Book Review - Reinventing Financial Regulation by Avinash Persaud, Apress; 2015 edition “The book offers a fresh and useful perspective on financial regulation, hinged on regulation moving from a focus on risk sensitivity to one on risk-absorptive capacity….”
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