Eastern Caribbean Currency Union

Eastern Caribbean Currency Union

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The objective of this paper is to analyze the growth performance of the ECCU countries since independence and the policy challenges they face to ensure sustained growth in the period ahead. Although tourism specialization may bring about higher growth, it could also increase volatility in growth by amplifying the impact of business cycles in source countries on the tourism sector. Low productivity growth is principally the reason for the slowdown in growth. High debt levels have been a major drag on growth.Generous civil service pension schemes can also create adverse labor market incentives and complicate public employment and compensation reform. The drawbacks include: (i) reduced labor mobility between public and private sectoranbsp;...

Title:Eastern Caribbean Currency Union
Author:International Monetary Fund
Publisher:International Monetary Fund - 2011-01-28


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