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Message from Head of Department
I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone to our Department of Economics. We are living in very exciting and dynamic times where it has become an imperative for us to think of new ways to adapt in an effort to establish a “new normal”. This includes individuals, educational institutions, public and private enterprises as well as, economic systems. Economics, being a “study of mankind in the ordinary business of life; it examines that part of individual and social action which is most closely connected with the attainment and with the use of the material requisites of wellbeing” (Alfred Marshall, 1890) is critical for the development of our society and global economy. Economics is about the confidence we have in ourselves to make our world a better place, our willingness to learn from our mistakes, our preparedness to participate and come to agreements with others without compromising our principles.
Economics teaches us that where vulnerability is the norm, resilience becomes an imperative. It is the decisions we make to safeguard our interests that will positively influence the quality of our lives and limit our external constraints. Our program is designed to allow students to explore insightful exegeses of complex concepts such as exchange rates, trade and development, sustainable development, public finance and a wide range of other topics all aimed not just to build human capital in areas needed to address the needs of the region but to prepare you for an exciting world of business where you get to be as creative as you want to be.
Our graduates find jobs in key sectors of the economics such as Banking, Insurance, Health, and Energy just to name a few while other go on to pursue their Masters and Doctorates in Economics.
We invite you to browse our website and Facebook page. Above all we would like to encourage you to contact us if you need any guidance and we welcome any suggestions.
Welcome to our department and thank you for choosing economics and we are confident that you will enjoy your time with us.
Mission and Vision Statement
Mission “To deliver quality research, teaching, training, outreach, and dissemination of knowledge in the Economics of Development in Small Island Developing States in a user-friendly environment”.
Vision “For Caribbean people to recognize UWI Economics Department(s) as being in their corner through our ability to understand, anticipate and offer solutions to economic problems in the Caribbean”
Also, see the Vision and Mission of the University of the West Indies
The Department has a number of research clusters:
- The Labour Market and Poverty Studies Unit (LMPSU)
- Trade and Economic Development Unit (TEDU)
- HEU, Centre for Health Economics
- Sustainable Economic Development Unit (SEDU)