Entrepreneurship and Employment in the Caribbean Community: Policies for Hydrocarbon-Rich Countries
Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), Guyana, and Suriname, are Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States that are fortunate to be endowed with commercial reserves of hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbon revenues acquired by the respective governments can be used to fund the cost of several merit goods, amongst which the most commendable is the expenditure on education.
This book’s objectives are threefold. The first is to examine the labour market in the hydrocarbon-rich CARICOM Member States. The second is the review of successful case studies of entrepreneurship in countries similar circumstances to the Caribbean. The third is to provide policy recommendations to address this employment problem in the hydrocarbon-rich CARICOM Member States.
The policy recommendations of this book are useful for governments of mineral-rich countries, even outside of CARICOM. It provides lessons for policy makers to craft policy to encourage the right enabling environment for entrepreneurship and employment creation.
Dr. Don Charles has a PhD in Economics (2017), an MSc in Economics (2009), and a BSc in Economics (2006) from the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus. By the end of 2022, he had 20 years of work experience which covered employment in the public service, academia, united nations organizations, and consulting. He has experience in economic research, lecturing, industrial relations, project management, procurement, event management, and administration. His research interests are mainly in the areas of energy economics, econometrics, international trade and value chains, climate change policy and environmental economics, and portfolio finance.
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