Donya A. Brown

PhD Student and Graduate Teaching AssistantDonya Brown

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Donya is currently a final year PhD Candidate in the Economics, Finance and Accounting Division at the university. She has a primary interest in Applied Econometrics with a special focus on examining the impediments to growth and development using Big data and Geospatial techniques. Donya was previously an Economist at the Central Bank in Jamaica working on Real Sector, Potential Output and Labour Productivity Issues. She also attended and presented at the Economic Programming and Monetary Policy Assessment meetings at the Central Bank.  Her work on ‘Estimating Potential Output for Jamaica’ was presented to the then Central Bank Governor - Brian Wynter in May 2017 which was highly supported by the Research and Economic Programming Division Chief - Robert Stennett. She holds a Master of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science (double major) in Economics and Statistics, ranked with a Distinction and First Class Honors, respectively.



Fields: Applied microeconometrics and macroeconometrics

Interests: Multidimensional poverty, inequality and their associations with repeated natural disasters, impediments to economic growth and development, use of spatial analysis to address microeconomic problems.

Examining multidimensional poverty and economic well-being in response to exogenous shocks such as natural disasters and epidemiological events - COVID-19. A framework that is enhanced with the use of geospatial analysis and other theoretically grounded exploratory tools.


  • EC1000 Microeconomics
  • EC1001 Macroeconomics
  • EC1012 Statistical Inference
  • EC1021 Topics in Applied Macroeconomics
  • EC2011 Topics in Applied Econometrics


  • Brown, D. (2017). Modelling Unemployment in Jamaica: A Structural VAR Approach (Bank of Jamaica), working paper.
  • Brown, D. (2016). Estimating Potential Output for Jamaica: A Production Function   Approach (Bank of Jamaica Empirical Note 2016/07).
  • Brown, D. (2015).Testing the Export-Led Growth Hypothesis: An Application of the ARDL Bounds Test Approach–Evidence from Jamaica and Selected Latin American and Caribbean Countries. Bank of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica.,
  • Brown, D. (2015). Export Performance and Export Elasticity: Evidence from OECD countries. Southwestern Journal of Economics. 10(1). San Antonio, TX.

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