Content about International economics

June 26, 2010

Any consideration of a return to a peg by Jamaica is not an exercise in textbook abstraction nor can it be the result of a simple comparison of Jamaica and Barbados in 2010. A fuller historical comparative analysis will conclude that stronger macroeconomic results in Barbados are due to greater sustained commitment to fiscal prudence that also guaranteed the preservation of peg and parity.

June 26, 2010

The Jamaican Economy in a dollarised situation, using the US Dollar as the anchor currency, would adopt conditions conducive to economic stability and growth. However, fundamental change in the current arrangement may be premature at this stage.

June 25, 2010

Edward Seaga makes a compelling case for a pegged rate, that is, “a fixed currency value accepted or legislated as non-variable. Pegged rates can last decades without change, as has been the case in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.”...


Colin Bullock argues that the “reintroduction of a peg would have to weigh the issue of capital controls” and could also mean “neutering the significant technical expertise in money and foreign exchange policy that has been developed at the Bank of Jamaica”....