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Unemployment and Social Sector Issues in the Caribbean: A Generation after Lewis. Ralph Henry and Melissa Felician October 9, 2008. Labour and Unemployment. Lewis and the Caribbean Challenge – solutions at the mid 20 th century Lewis and the Letter to the Moyne Commission

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Unemployment and Social Sector Issues in the Caribbean: A Generation after Lewis

Ralph Henry and Melissa Felician

October 9, 2008


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Labour and Unemployment

  • Lewis and the Caribbean Challenge – solutions at the mid 20th century

  • Lewis and the Letter to the Moyne Commission

  • Labour in the West Indies

  • Industrialisation of the British West Indies

  • Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labour

  • Theory of Economic Growth

  • Economic Planning


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Rejection of Lewis

  • Various Schools in Caribbean, but unanimity in rejecting Lewis

  • Rites of passage


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Farrell …on Unemployment

  • Meso, Micro, Meso contexts of the various pieces

  • Disaggregation of causes leading to identification of measures


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The Grenada Revolution

  • Unemployment in Grenada

  • Getting an economy going

  • Adult Literacy

  • Labour intensive production

  • Diversification strategy with resources at hand, non-traditional agriculture – George Sammy and Food Processing

  • Size and changing the terms of engagement with the international economy


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The Turbulent Eighties

  • The Jamaican Experience

  • The Grenada Debacle

  • Trinidad and Tobago - Active Engagement in Structural Adjustment with a difference

  • Holding off the Washington Consensus


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Major Lessons

  • Approach to Science and Technology – Technology Policy Studies Project

  • Education and Training – beyond rote learning……running the head

  • Trade, Development, and Productive Flexibility

  • Finance

  • Economic Planning Methodology and Golden Calf

  • Management Sciences

  • Socio-Psychological Engagement of Leadership and Population - the Intangibles


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Passion for the South

  • World View

  • Possibility Consciousness

  • Responsibility to the People and the Place


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Current Challenges

  • Unemployment and Underemployment

  • Poverty

  • Lack of sustainability


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Current Challenges Cont’d

  • The veil in T&T

  • Golden Calf

  • Underground economy, Oil and Gas Economy, Other Tradeables

  • Government, and other Non-tradeable Sectors

  • Migration


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Unemployment Rate Trinidad and Tobago 2005-Current

Source: CSO


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Current Challenges cont’d

  • Wider Caribbean

  • Tourism, Services, Agriculture, Remittances

  • Differentiating Caribbean products and services

  • Policy Making, Negotiation Skills, and Technocracy – Two Story Ignorance Abounds

  • Leadership


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Unemployment and Social Sector Issues

  • Outward visible signs

  • Fundamentally about the Development Crisis in the Caribbean in a changing Global Economy

  • Intellectual Leadership in the Present Generation in defining it and providing solutions

  • Farrell and responsible scholarship


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THANK YOU


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