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Sashana Whyte

PhD candidate

School of Economics, Keynes College, Room Lg.15



Sashana Whyte began studying for a PhD in Economics in September 2014.

Prior to starting her PhD at the University of Kent, Sashana was a Research Analyst at the World Bank where she worked in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. She has also worked at the Bank of Jamaica as an Economist in the Research and Economic Programming Department. Her main fields of interest are Econometrics and International Trade.

Thesis title

Causes and Effects of Export Instability in the Caribbean

Research synopsis

Export earnings instability is important to the Caribbean because of the share of primary products in exports. Although there have an abundance of literature on export earning instability in developing countries, none have dealt in detail with instability in the Caribbean. My thesis aims to provide information on the sources of instability, identifying the commodities that contribute most significantly to the instability and ascertain the impact on the macro economy.

Primary research interest

  • Trade economics
  • Export instability
  • Econometrics
  • Time series analysis

Secondary research interest

  • Macroeconomics

Thesis supervisors

Professor Tony Thirlwall and Dr Matloob Piracha


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