Human Resources development and Labour Market Challenges: Empowering Caribbean Youth



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This paper rests upon the premise that the economic viability of the Caribbean hinges on the sustainability and effectiveness of efforts that adequately facilitate the social development of youth and integrate them into developmental initiatives that are cognizant of domestic and global forces. It examines human resource characteristics of youth in the English-speaking Caribbean, and seeks to identify some principal labour market challenges and their variable impacts in different countries and territories. The paper uses data from several sources such as the 1990-91 population and housing census, intercensal surveys of youth and the labour force, and population projections for the period 2000-2010.


Paper submitted at the Fourth Annual SALISES Conference Sherborne Conference Centre January 15-17, 2003. Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, Barbados

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Youth employment