Back to Top
Close Menu

Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Economics


Dr. Mahalia Jackman

Dr. Mahalia Jackman

Head, Department of Economics

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Department: ECON


Dr. Mahalia Jackman is currently the Head of the Department of Economics.  Before joining The UWI, Dr Jackman was a consultant and the Head of Model Development at Antilles Economics. Dr. Jackman also has a wealth of experience as a research and policy economist, having worked in the Research and Economic Analysis Department at the Central Bank of Barbados during the early years of her career. She joined the Central Bank of Barbados right after completing her undergrad studies and has held several posts at the Central Bank, including that of Senior Economist and Head of the Financial Unit.


PhD in Applied Social Research - University of Manchester, UK
MSc in Economics and Econometrics (Distinction) - University of Southampton, UK
BSc Economics Special (First Class Hons) - The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Research Areas

Dr Jackman has many research interests. Her early work revolved around tourism, migrant remittances and macroeconomic issues in small island developing states– a reflection of her tenure at the Central Bank of Barbados. While the aforementioned topics remain areas of interest, a plurality of her current research focuses on issues relating to sexual prejudice and gender equality.

Teaching Areas

Research Methods for Economists
Intermediate Macroeconomics II
Econometrics I
Econometrics II
Econometrics Methods (postgraduate)

Select Publications

Making a case for investment in universal childcare in Barbados (co-author: Simon Naitram)
The effect of tourism on gender equality in the labour market: help or hindrance? Women’s Studies International Forum. 90 (Jan-Feb): 102554.

Gaps in the (paid) work hours of male and female heads of households: Empirical evidence from Barbados (co-author: Kishmar Lorde). International Journal of Manpower 42(7): 1321-1337
Does it pay to be green? An exploratory analysis of wage differentials between green and non-green industries (co-author: Winston Moore). Journal of Economics and Development 23(3): 284-298.

Religion, contact and ambivalent attitudes towards the rights of gays and lesbians in Barbados. Journal of Homosexuality 67(11): 1512-1532.

Distance matters: The impact of physical and relative distance on pleasure tourists’ length of stay in Barbados (co-authors: Troy Lorde, Simon Naitram and Tori Greenaway). Annals of Tourism Research, 80 (January): 102794.

Protecting the fabric of society? Heterosexual views on the usefulness of the anti-gay laws in Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 19(1): 91-106. 
Understanding the cheating heart: What determines infidelity intentions? Sexuality & Culture, 19(1): 72 – 84. Publisher: Springer.

A Note on the Labor market effects of remittances in Latin American and Caribbean countries: Do thresholds exist? The Developing Economies, 52(1): 52-67.
Does Government employment crowd out private sector employment in SIDS? The case of Barbados (co-author: Roland Craigwell). The Journal of Developing Areas, 48(4): 309-326. 

Additional Info

For full listings of Dr. Jackman's publications, please see the links below:

Google scholar 
Research gate