Macroeconomics in Small Island States

The Dutch Caribbean Islands

by Macklenan F. Hasham



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/7/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 430
ISBN : 9781496906496
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 430
ISBN : 9781496906489
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 430
ISBN : 9781496906380

About the Book

Macroeconomics in Small Island States brings to the reader similar subjects as in a traditional economics reader, but now in the context of small islands.  To insure a level of societal well-being an island state develops an economic infrastructure that can be useful to attract foreign investors, and makes efforts to obtain continuous financing for activities to boost social and economic progress as well as international competitiveness.
The colonial domination of the past and the long history of foreign transnationals as major economic actors, influence economic thinking, especially with respect to the focus on what should constitute basic industries and the transition to global competiveness. Additionally, changes in the domestic and international socio- economic environment and natural disasters can impact the ability of the island state to fulfill its debt service obligations negatively.
These aspects put major pressure on the management of the internal economy, while investments in foreign capital goods apparently tend to have lower growth effects than would generally be expected from the domestic marginal propensity to consume.
The publication gives attention to these issues and more and makes reference throughout to contributions to economic thinking by scholars in the Caribbean region.

About the Author

Macklenan F. Hasham works as a socio-economist with the Institute of Planning,Development and Design, PLAN’D2, focusing on regional development planning in the Dutch Caribbean. A former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics at the University of the Netherlands Antilles (now the University of Curacao), he is an active member of the Association of Dutch Caribbean Economists and the Association of Caribbean Economists (ACE) and a former member of the Council for Social and Economic Aff airs of the Netherlands Antilles. He has produced and edited several books among which “Free Enterprise in Curacao” and “Roads to Competitiveness, Human Development with Export Growth, the Caribbean Challenge."