Labour Market and Poverty Studies Unit


The Labour Market and Poverty Studies Unit (LMPSU) was inaugurated in 2005, as a research cluster of the Department of Economics. Its mandate is to highlight the intricacies and peculiarities of the labour markets of the West Indies, with a special focus on the concomitant issue of persistent poverty in the region.


The LMPSU sees its task as two-fold.  Firstly, the Unit will conduct rigorous data-driven research in order to document trends and analyze and unravel the complexities and dynamics that underlie the functioning of our labour markets. The aim will be to glean reliable and useful information that will enhance both research and policy making.  Secondly, the Unit will disseminate such information to stakeholders and the public at large in an easily accessible and user-friendly manner. The intention here will be to influence both immediate and long-term public policy in a direction that will further the development of the population of the region by making for stronger labour markets and better living conditions of the peoples within the region and in countries like ours.


At this initial stage some of the main areas of concern for the LMPSU are:


  • the structure and earnings of informal labour and the working poor.
  • youth, training and labour supply.
  • the measurement and tracking of poverty levels.
  • the efficacy of poverty alleviation policies and programmes.


The LMPSU is headed by Professor Karl Theodore, as Coordinator, and Dr. Ewan Scott, as Assistant Coordinator.