Cuban Economic and Social Development: Policy Reforms and Challenges in the 21st Century

Cuban Economic and Social Development: Policy Reforms and Challenges in the 21st Century

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Overview

The Cuban economy has been transformed over the course of the last decade, and these changes are now likely to accelerate. In this edited volume, prominent Cuban economists and sociologists present a clear analysis of Cuba’s economic and social circumstances and suggest steps for Cuba to reactivate economic growth and improve the welfare of its citizens. These authors focus first on trade, capital inflows, exchange rates, monetary and fiscal policy, and the agricultural sector. In a second section, a multidisciplinary team of sociologists and an economist map how reforms in economic and social policies have produced declines in the social standing of some specific groups and economic mobility for others.

A joint collaboration between scholars at Harvard University and in Cuba, this book includes the same editors and many of the same authors of The Cuban Economy at the Start of the Twenty-First Century (edited by Jorge I. Domínguez, Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva, and Lorena G. Barberia), which is also part of the David Rockefeller Center series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674062436
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/26/2012
Series: Series on Latin American Studies , #29
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jorge I. Domínguez is Antonio Medero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics at Harvard University.

Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva is Professor in the Department of Economics and a Researcher at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana.

Mayra Espina Prieto is Professor and Researcher at Centro de Investigaciones Psicológicas y Sociológicas (CIPS), Havana, Cuba.

Lorena Barberia is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of São Paulo.

Dwight H. Perkins is Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

Dani Rodrik is Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Introduction

On the Brink of Change: Cuba's Economy and Society at the Start of the 2010s Jorge I. Domínguez 1

I Igniting Domestic Economic Growth

1 The Cuban Economy: An Evaluation and Proposals for Necessary Policy Changes Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva 21

2 Monetary Duality in Cuba: Initial Stages and Future Prospects Pavel Vidal Alejandro 39

Commentary: The Importance of the Right Incentives Dani Rodrik 55

3 Cuban Agriculture in the "Special Period" and Necessary Transformations Armando Nova González 59

4 Cuban Agriculture Reforms after 2007 Armando Nova González 75

Commentary: A Comparative View of Cuban Agricultural Institutions and Reforms Dwight H. Perkins 107

II Opportunities for Outward-Oriented Growth

5 Cuban Monetary Policy and the Global Crisis Pavel Vidal Alejandro 115

6 Cuba's Agricultural Sector and Its External Links Anicia García Álvarez 137

7 Foreign Direct Investment in China, Vietnam, and Cuba: Pertinent Experiences for Cuba Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva 193

Commentary: Cuba and the Challenges of Globalization Pedro Monreal González 227

Commentary: A View from the East: Trade, Investment, and Economic Reform Regina Abrami 237

Commentary: The Cuban Advantage Sergio Silva-Castañeda 243

III Ensuring Equity and Social Mobility

Introductory Note: The Social Mobility Perspective and Its Usefulness for the Analysis of Inequality and Social Policy in Cuba Mayra Espina Prieto 251

8 Structural Change and Routes of Social Mobility in Today's Cuba: Patterns, Profiles, and Subjectivities Mayra Espina Prieto Viviana Togores González 261

9 Geography and Habitat: Dimensions of Equity and Social Mobility in Cuba Lucy Martín Posada Lilia Núñez Moreno 291

Commentary: Is Cuba Becoming More Latin American? Elisa Reis Graziella Moraes Dias da Silva 321

Acknowledgments 327

Editors and Contributors 329

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