Dr Ramesh Ramsaran is an economist by training and is currently Professor of International Money and Finance at the Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad. He has held numerous academic and administrative positions at the University of the West Indies, including a stint as Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the Mona Campus.
Professor Ramsaran was a former coordinator of the then Regional Programme of Monetary Studies( RPMS) and acted as the Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance (CCMF) for a short period. He has also served on a number of official bodies including the National Advisory Council and the Public Utilities Commission of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in the late 1980s.
As a consultant Professor Ramsaran has worked with several regional and international organizations including the World Bank, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the ACP Secretariat in Brussels and the United Nations Development Programme.
His research and publication efforts have straddled a number of fields including international money and finance, development economics, monetary and fiscal policy, trade, capital movements and international relations.
Among his many publications are An Introduction to International Money and Finance ( Macmillan and St Martin’s Press, 1999); The Challenge of Structural Adjustment in the Commonwealth Caribbean, Praeger,1992); The Commonwealth Caribbean in the World Economy(Macmillan,1989); Money and Finance in Trinidad and Tobago ( with C.Bourne), ISER,1988; US Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean (Hodder and Stoughton,1985);The Monetary and Financial System of the Bahamas ( ISER, 1983). He has also edited a number of publications dealing with the issues of small states in the international system. Among them: Size, Power and Development in the Emerging World Order( Lexicon,2006) and