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Working Papers

May, 2018
Thematic Area: 

In Jamaica, recuperation of PET bottles from the waste stream for processing and export to be recycled is currently estimated to be five to ten percent. A recent study by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI), which assessed various measures for PET waste management, recommended that a deposit-refund system (DRS) be considered to increase recuperation, and improve management, of PET waste in Jamaica. DRS have two key benefits. They increase the rate of recuperation, and thus recycling, of containers covered by the deposit scheme, as the deposit provides an incentive to the consumer to return the material to obtain their refund. Second, they reduce litter of the targeted material, since in the case that the consumer does decide to litter, someone else more desirous of getting the refund may pick it up. Both benefits hinge on the level of deposit/refund applied.

December, 2017
Thematic Area: 

Globally, plastic production has been growing rapidly. Between 1964 and 2014 the production of plastics increased twenty-fold, from 15 million tons (MT) to 311 MT; this figure is expected to double within the next twenty years. Plastics currently offer unrivalled properties including versatility, durability and low cost, making it the preferred material of the modern economy. However, current usage levels and disposal methods have significant environmental and economic costs.This report identifies and evaluates policies and best practices used in other countries to manage plastic bag waste and makes recommendations taking into account the specifics of the Jamaican context.

December, 2008
Thematic Area: 

Recent work emphasizes the primacy of differences in countries’ colonially-bequeathed property rights and legal systems for explaining differences in their subsequent economic development. Barbados and Jamaica provide a striking counter example to this long-run view of income determination


July, 2007

Recent research has suggested that anticipated future changes in the global economy will further shift Jamaica's comparative advantages away from traditional labour- and resource-intensive industries. Moreover, vulnerability to climatic and external shocks will further expose production that is dependent upon space to vagaries that lie largely beyond the country's control. One of the few areas in which Jamaica enjoys a comparative advantage that is likely to survive such changes is knowledge-generation.