Danny Roberts

  • Shaping the Future from the Present: Can Wage Subsidy help?

    In the last decade, developing countries have been examining the feasibility of introducing wage subsidies as part of an active labour market programme to address issues of employment and skills development.  In a general sense, wage subsidy is often used as part of a public policy instrument aimed at...
  • Is Millennial Socialism On The Agenda In Jamaica?

    As we await, with great expectation, the campaign thrust in the soon-to-be called general elections, the Opposition PNP has defined the remit of its campaign around the philosophy of democratic socialism. The JLP, long known to be a party of the right, and which subscribes to the enduring principles...
  • Trapped! Oh Yeah!

     When Jimmy Cliff wrote and recorded the song Trapped in 1972, it was about a relationship with a woman, and the influence or spell she had on him that, despite his expostulation, he found it difficult to walk away. Today, I sense we are also trapped in a socially...
  • Patois – Figet it!

    As a product of the ghetto, I grew up in the midst of poverty and violence and among people who were either illiterate or semi-literate but spoke fluent Patois.  I took pride in learning English and I believe I can hold my own in any global forum where English...
  • Eliminating the gangway to prison

    At the commencement of the school year I was silently praying and hoping that this will be the year when violence in schools will, if not totally eliminated, be drastically reduced, and we could return to those days when we betray a measure of tolerance, and exercise a greater...
  • (Dis)Respect and the (in)discipline of survival

    Dr Peter Phillips’ now famous quote that ‘the man who plays by the rules is the man that gets shafted’, came home to me most forcibly  about two weeks ago after witnessing an incident involving an illegal taxi operator and the police in Half-Way-Tree, near the Transport Centre. The...
  • Black lives and retroactive wages matter

      Economists across the ideological divide are at least at one when it comes to the economic value of goods or services that is derived from the contribution of labour. Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, argued that while the price of a commodity would, among other things, be...