GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Copyright © 2013 International Development Options
Volume Seven Winter-Spring 2012-2013 Numbers 1-2.
DUTCH DISEASE, REVEALED COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE AND ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION IN A SMALL OIL BASED ECONOMY
Rebecca Gookool and Roger Hosein
Department of Economics
University of the West Indies
St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad
Published online: February 10, 2017
This article investigates the link between Dutch Disease and the revealed comparative advantage structure of the Trinidad & Tobago economy for the period 1991 -2011. The article divided the labor market into booming tradable, tradable and non-tradable sectors. The article starts with an elaboration of the Dutch Disease model with a clear directive as to why there is the need to diversify the production structure of the Trinidad & Tobago economy, even though the economy is producing its comparative advantage good — hydrocarbon products. The article then provides a variety of suggestions regarding how to strengthen the non-booming tradable aspect of the economy.