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The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) was created in 1973 through support from Dudley Sears and the Insitute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. IDS is a Department within the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Guyana. However, unlike other departments within the Faculty our primary focus is on undertaking research, although we do also teach various courses within other Departments such as the Department of Economics and the School of Graduate Studies.

The goals of the organization can broadly be specified as follows:
1. To undertake multi-disciplinary research on areas of relevance to the economic and social development of Guyana, CARICOM and the wider Caribbean, including, but not limited to, the following areas:
• Development economics, with special emphasis: growth, trade, finance, agriculture, institutional development and political economy.
• Social sector economics, with special emphasis on poverty analysis and eradication measures, labour, non-governmental organisations and civil society, health and education.
• International development, globalisation and regional cooperation.
• Macroeconomics and finance in a small open economy.
• Problems of small and micro-economies.
• Macroeconomic management in Guyana.
• Information technology and the Guyanese economy
• Any other area of relevance to economic development

2. To organize and execute seminars, workshops, conferences and other forms of meeting to promote discussions of various bodies/stakeholders on issues of relevance to national development.

3. To be engaged in policy advocacy, including, review/scrutinizing of policy proposals with the objective of ensuring that these do not compromise the interests of relevant stakeholders.The

Institute of Development Studies pursues these goals through:

  • Inter- agency collaboration with interested organizations including local, regional and international entities thay may require a local partner to assist in executing a study in Guyana.
  • Coordination and collaboration with students and members of the rest of the academic community locally and further afield.
Discussions and collaboration with political figures for the purpose of execution of policy studies.

There are various outlets that we use to publish our research work. These include an academic journal published once every year, called Transition; working papers capturing works in progress, published occasionally; and infrequently, books on various topics.

As a Department, IDS is working towards improving the quality of research that we undertake. It is our aspiration to expand our capacity to undertake research covering a wider range of issues affecting development in Guyana. In addition, we are currently seeking to position the organization to take advantage of the advancement of information and communication technologies by using the internet and social media to disseminate our research output so that more people become aware of what we do and may be able to use the research that we produce.

Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean should be adequately positioned to transform their resource bases in order to achieve high levels of economic growth and human development for citizens, as informed by relevant and transformative research.

IDS must become a recognized leader in the execution of quality multi-disciplinary research in the field of development and the facilitation of the publication of these at the University of Guyana. The IDS should provide effective supportive functions in the areas of specialized training; teaching; public service; and policy advocacy. These are required to bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice (including implementation and effective development monitoring).

Organizational Structure
As the research arm of the faculty of Social Sciences, University of Guyana, IDS falls, administratively, under the purview of the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. However, IDS operates with some autonomy having its own head and full time staff who are employed on the University of Guyana’s budget.

The head of the organization is an appointed Director, Professor Clive Thomas, who is supported by a Coordinator. Together they exercise over-sight over the academic staff that includes; two Researchers (one with responsibility for the Women Studies Unit); and two Junior Researchers.
All full time academic staff members are required to carry, preferably in the Faculty of Social Sciences, one-third of a full-time teaching load.

As the need arises IDS also recruits staff temporarily to work on various research projects. Such staff are financed by research projects being undertaken by IDS.
IDS also encourages the full participation of Members of the Faculty of Social Sciences as staff in research projects initiated by them or the IDS. Provision is also made for Visiting Academics/Researchers by granting attachments as Associates.

IDS Faculty Teaching
Over the years IDS has provided teaching services to the following Faculties and Departments:
o Faculty of Technology
o Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics
o Women Studies Unit
o School of Graduate Studies
o Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Math, Physics and Statistics
o Institute of Distance and Continuing Education, International Relations & Management Departments
o Faculty of Technology
Please see below for some of the courses that we have been involved in teaching.

ECN 110- Introductory Microeconomics: This course seeks to build in each student, a foundation in microeconomic theory and policy. It examines such basic concepts as; market allocation of resources, the  price system, consumer theory, production market structures and welfare economics.

ECN 120- Introductory Macroeconomics: This course seeks to build in each student, a foundation in macro-economic theory and policy. It examines such basic concepts as; National Income; Income Determination; Money and Banking; Inflation; Fiscal and Monetary Policies; Unemployment; Stabilization Policy; Growth Theories and International Trade.

ECN 111- Introductory Mathematics:  This course aims to reinforce students skills in basic mathematical concepts and principles. It further seeks to augment those skills in order to develop a strong quantitative background for application to the field of economics. Students are exposed and guided in such concepts as; Linear Programming; Permutation and Combination; Binomial Theorem and Calculus.

ECN 213- Managerial Economics:  Managerial Economics is concerned with the application of economic principles and methodologies to the decision making process of business operating under conditions of risk and uncertainty. The course therefore seeks to expose students to an understanding of these conditions and to employ suitable strategies in the face of risk and uncertainty. 

Theory of the Firm, Objectives of Firms; Present Value; Expected Value; Risk and Uncertainty; Consumer Behaviour; Market Demand Analysis; Market Structure; Estimation of Demand Function; Production and Cost Analysis; Price Analysis; Non-price Strategies; Product Quality and Competitive Strategy; Capital Budgeting and Investment Decisions, Role of Government.

ECN 220 – Intermediate Macroeconomics: This course aims at developing the skills set required by students to effectively analyze and apply macro-economic tools in resolving economic problems such as inflation, unemployment and economic fluctuations. Particularly, the course seeks to enhance students understanding of the distinction between the Classical and Keynesian approach to macroeconomics.

ECN 221- Theory of Econometrics:  This course seeks to equip students with basic econometric methods of quantifying economic variables and existing relationships. Correlation Theory; Bivariate Models; Multivariate Models; Regression and ANOVA; Problems of Regression: Autocorrelation Multicollinearity Heteroskedasticity; Error in Variable, Dummy Variables; Logged Variables; Problem of Identification.

ECN 322- Applied Econometrics:  This course introduces students to the tools they would need especially in the economic and financial fields. Its main purpose is to introduce students to the application of econometrics in the analysis of economic and financial problems.

ECN 410 – Labour Economics 1:  This course introduces students to labour economics as a distinct branch of economics. It is concerned with developing the theoretical tools, such as the human capital theory used by labour economists to understand and resolve labour market issues such as occupational choice,  migration and informality. It also addresses empirical and institutional issues of relevance to the labour market such as; human resource development, discrimination and gender issues.

ECN 411- Development Theories:  The course is firstly concerned with increasing students awareness of the chronic domestic and international problems affecting social and economic development in developing countries, such as; poverty and income inequality, debt and migration. It provides them with exposure to models of growth and development such as the endogenous, structural and neo-classical growth theories that seeks to provide and explain how these problems arise and how they could be resolved in order to improve the social and economic systems of developing countries. 

ECN 413- Agricultural Economics 2: This course is designed to further the development of skills required in agricultural economics analysis. The course is policy oriented and relates largely to the methods used by governments in developing countries to change the economic and social framework within which agricultural production takes place: by influencing the prices of farm inputs and outputs; by modifying agricultural institutions; and by promoting new technologies in agriculture. The policies addressed in this course apply primarily to the small-farm sector although their scope may affect the agricultural sector as a whole.

ECN 420 – Labour Economics 11:  This course is a follow up to ECN 420 seeks to expose students to contemporary empirical and instiutitional issues affecting the structure and functioning of the labour market. Issues addressed include: Labour Market Information System; Labour Mobility; Free Movement of skilled persons in the Caribbean, Migration, Job Search; Occupational Safety and Health; Institutional arrangements affecting the Labour Exchange Process; Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Age and other basis of discrimination; Poverty, pension schemes, informal labour market.

ECN 422- International Trade Theory:  This course is primarily concerned with answering the questions: why do nations trade? And what are the gains from trade? In an attempt to answer these questions students are exposed to both theoretical and empirical exposés. The course examines classical and contemporary trade theories to provide a deeper understanding of why nations trade, what are the obstacles to trade etc. as well as policy instruments used by governments to influence the flow of goods within national border. The course also looks at the nexus between trade and economic growth/ development and focuses extensively on addressing problems and policies in international trade of import to developing countries. A number of selective issues are examined in this regard, such as trade and the environment and WTO-related matters. 

ECN 421- Industrial Policy:  This course seeks to increase student’s awareness of the major views of industrial policy and the divergent paths to industrialization pursued by different countries. Further, mainstream issues related to the neo-classical formula for growth are examined, along with the propositions of other schools of thought, such as dependency theory. Important thematic issues examined in the course also include: Finance for Industrialisation, Industrial Planning; Technology Development, Barriers to Integrated Industrial Structure, Spatial Imbalances and Industrial Location Policies and  Micro-enterprises.

School of Graduate Studies, DSC 511- Theories of Development: This course is concerned with analyzing those issues affecting development in developing and under-developed countries. It exams the features and characteristics that set the economic development process in developed countries apart from that of developing countries. It also seeks to understand, and comparatively assess, those theories explaining gaps, lags and other discretionary factors accounting for divergence in growth and development between developed and developing countries. Further, it is concerned with briefly scrutinizing contemporary issues of development, particularly as these relate to global integration of economies.


Contact Details
IDS is based on the University of Guyana Turkeyen Campus, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana, P.O. Box 101110.
Tel #: 592-222-5409 Fax #: 592-222-5551
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