Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Economics
The Dynamics of Growth, Employment and Economic Reforms in Jamaica
Social and Economic Studies
Date of Publication
Determines the ability of the Jamaican economy to generate productive employment, and how this has been affected by reforms implemented in the last 15 years. Focuses primarily on labour demand in the formal sector and the dynamics of salaried employment and to a lesser extent on the dynamics of informal employment and labour supply issues. Some of the findings include the fact that wherever there has been growth and investment there has been labour absorption and this has benefitted both males and females, although females seem to have made relative gains. In addition there has been considerable informalization of the labour market as the pool of self-employed workers,contract workers, contractors and generally lower level workers has grown.Wage levels have increased despite the fall in productivity and the rise in labour costs.This has been due partly to strong labour unions.On the other hand , employers have been opting for more part-time and contract workers on less binding labour contracts.....