Why Jamaican boys underperform in school, compared to girls?

Note: You can watch our discussion with the researcher (Shari-Lee Carter) in the YouTube video (directly below) or you can scroll down to read the researcher's summary [including methodology & main findings]. https://youtu.be/Btha21KVcfE Read research summary below: The achievement rates of Jamaican boys have over the years been debated in several academic circles. With growing…

Trademark Surveys: Combining Research and Law

Trademark confusion surveys bring together both of my passions – research & law. In the world of Intellectual Property, many companies are now ensuring that their trademarks are not confused with competitors. https://youtu.be/SJrgbQE4xyU In recent years, the courts in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have seen a drastic increase in the number…

Jamaican exporters face significant constraints including high energy costs

This article examines the supply side constraints affecting export development in Jamaica.

Corruption impact on economic growth

This study of forty two developing countries uses Panel Dynamic Ordinary Least Squares – PDOLS - to examine the relationship between foreign direct investment, corruption and economic growth. The results suggest that corruption has a significant influence on per capita GDP in the short run but is not significant in the long run. It was…

“Thou shalt not be black”: Christianity & the distribution of power

Within the Caribbean, and more specifically the Jamaican context, the failure to acknowledge religion as a significant factor in the distribution of power, opportunities and status still exists. And although such failure is evident among all sections of the Jamaican society, the group that has lost and continues to lose the most is the lower…

Out of many, One Love? sexual self-disclosure in Polyamory & Monogamy relationships

In the play called Society, all human beings as ‘actors’, use communication as our ‘stage’. Since every play needs a stage, the role of communication in the ‘acts’ of sexual relationships cannot be understated. Thus, the researcher sought to report the similarities and/or differences between sexual communication and more specifically sexual self-disclosure within polyamorous (the…

Is ICT the answer to more young Jamaicans choosing agriculture?

Even though employment options and entrepreneurial opportunities are few in Jamaica, it seems as if many Jamaican youth would prefer not to pursue agriculture as a career. Aging Workforce Data from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority [RADA] (2006) revealed that up to that time, the average age of registered farmers in Jamaica was 57.5 years…

The ‘Data Problem’ hampering Jamaica’s Court System

Recently I published a study examining the Jamaican Court System, the following areas were scrutinized: The Criminal Divisions of the Supreme and Resident Magistrate Courts The Gun Court The Family Court The Coroner’s Court My research found that the Jamaican Court’s information management system is manual, heavily paper-based and inadequate to provide needed real-time data.…

Increased liability of Directors for the actions of their companies

The sacrosanct principle of limited liability is explicitly stated in the House of Lords decision Salomon v Salomon[1]. The learned judges in this case held that the company and its shareholders have separate and distinct legal personalities, hence the shareholder is not liable to indemnify the company against debt it incurs. This fundamental principle is…

Jamaica’s Population Census 2011: Infographics

Jamaica’s population grew from 2,607,632 (2.608 million) persons in 2001 to 2, 697, 983 (2.698 million) in 2011. This represents a 3.5% increase in the total population size over the period (2001 – 2011). The following shows a breakdown of 2011 population by parish: See full copy of ‘Population and Housing Census 2011: General report’ by clicking here: view…

5 Solutions to Jamaica’s Economic Problems

This discussion presents five ideas which will allow Jamaica to secure an IMF deal in the short-term, reduce Jamaica’s energy cost almost immediately and double Jamaica’s GDP in the next 10 years. 1. Sustainable Community and Skills Development Centre (SCSDC)     Description:  An actual SCSDC is a combination of a renewable energy (traditional) community center on steroids;…

An Analysis of Violent & Property Crime in Jamaica

This study sought to investigate the impact of police population, arrests rates, unemployment, educational attainment, average income, income inequality and degree of garrisonization on the incidence of violent crimes and property crimes in Jamaica. Main Findings: The rate of arrest and average income variables were found to be robust (strong) determinants of violent crime, with…

The Research Behind Eating Caribbean Fruits

We are often encouraged to eat foods with less fat and sodium, more fiber, more complex carbohydrates and lower in calories. [You can watch the animated video if you don't want to read] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd47lton8OU The foods that are most promoted are usually the imported ones since more is known about them than about our local…

Exploiting Jamaica’s Hydroelectric Potential

Jamaica, the paradise island that is sometimes referred to as “the land of wood and water,” has great hydroelectric potential due to its topography and climate. Out of 120 rivers, the Island has several that are suitable for hydroelectricity power generation. Prime among them are: 1. Back Rio Grande - located in the parish of…

The Transfer of Governance Technology: Colbeck Water Users’ Association (WUA)

The problem/ Purpose   To determine whether social capital as it relates to trust influences the successful transfer of participatory and transparent governance technologies in the Colbeck Water Users Association in Old Harbour, Jamaica.  To determine whether greater success in the transfer of governance technology is related to stronger surrounding economy, and greater access to outside…

How Crime affect Investment in Jamaica: Study

Assessing the Problem: Puerto Rico, the Caribbean – Jamaica in particular – and other developing countries, since the 1980’s, have placed great emphasis on a ‘FDI’ led development strategy. This strategy is expected to increase capital formation and bolster production efficiencies through the transfer of new technologies and investment capital. The prevalence of Violent Crimes…

Natural Disasters & Remittance Inflows: Jamaica’s Experience

Purpose of Study: To Quantify the effects of natural disasters on remittance inflows to Jamaica Data source: The researcher utilized quarterly time series data ranging from 1998 to 2010 2. The data was obtained from the Bank of Jamaica, EM-DAT and The Bureau of Economic Analysis in the United States. Results: The results indicate that…

Stock Market Performance & Economic Growth in Jamaica

Purpose of Study: To determine, if there exist a statistical relationship between the performance of the JSE index and economic growth (GDP) - Jamaica. To determine the the direction of the relationship - test to see if movements in the JSE cause GDP to change or the opposite. Data sources for study: The researcher utilized…