A Dynamic Analysis of Organized Crime in Jamaica

Abstract

The impact of the reform efforts of the 1990s, as well as the rapid process of globalization, all resulted in far reaching changes in the structure of the Jamaican economy. With these changes, the existing planning and economic models became increasingly limited in scope as they could not adequately reflect the new structural reality. In March 2006, the Government of Jamaica engaged the Millennium Institute to assist it in development of a modern planning tool with the capability to integrate the economic, environmental and social elements. An important component of the model is the sector for organized crime behaviour in Jamaica. The purpose of this paper is to explain the development of the organized crime sector within the T-21 Jamaica model and demonstrate the possible utility of system dynamics in facilitating discussions on public policy.

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