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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 Economics Department, working predominantly in the area of quantitative methods.   Prior to joining The UWI, she worked as a Senior Economist and was the Head of the Financial Unit in the Research and Economic Analysis Department of the Central Bank of Barbados. Dr. Jackman has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Star Performer Award (Central Bank of Barbados), an Economic and Social Research Council Advanced Quantitative Methods Studentship (North West Doctoral Training Center, UK), the President’s Doctoral Scholar award (Manchester, UK), a Post-graduate Economics dissertation prize (Southampton, UK), a Commonwealth MSc Scholarship (Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK), the Charles M Kennedy Prize in Economics (The UWI) and the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Prize (The UWI).


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’s has many research interests, most of which fall under the broad umbrella of inclusive development and economic issues in small island developing states. She is particularly interested in studies focusing on sexual prejudice, gender equality in the labour market and institutionalised discrimination.

Teaching Areas

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

Select Publications

Religion, contact and ambivalent attitudes towards the rights of gays and lesbians in Barbados. Forthcoming in Journal of Homosexuality.
Protecting the fabric of society? Heterosexual views on the usefulness of the anti-gay laws in Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 19(1), 91-106.
They called it the ‘abominable crime’: an analysis of heterosexual support for anti-gay laws in Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 13, 130-141.
Understanding the cheating heart: What determines infidelity intentions? Sexuality & Culture, 19(1), 72-84.
Distance matters: The impact of physical and relative distance on pleasure tourists’ length of stay in Barbados (with T. Lorde, S. Naitram and T. Greenaway). Annals of Tourism Research, 80.
Why buy when we can pirate? The role of intentions and willingness to pay in predicting piracy behavior (with T. Lorde). International Journal of Social Economics, 41(9), 801-819.

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.

Macroeconomic determinants of remittance volatility: An empirical test. International Migration, 52(3), 36-52
Output volatility and tourism specialization in small island developing states. Tourism Economics, 20(3), 527-544.

Economic policy co-movement in Latin America and the Caribbean. Journal of Policy Modeling, 30(6), 1107-1114.

Additional Info

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