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History of the Barbados Economics Society

The Barbados Economics Society (BES) was established in 1983, shortly after the global oil crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s.


The Society aims to:

  • Initiate, encourage and promote a greater understanding and appreciation of economic and financial affairs generally, and

  • Encourage greater professionalism among economists


The BES has contributed to the national economic discourse via provision of economic projections and pre-budget analyses and hosting of seminars on key topics including energy, culture, fiscal consolidation and ideas for restructuring the Barbados economy. Further, its periodic newsletter provides members with timely commentary on seminars, conferences, publications and economic developments.

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