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Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy by Al Campbell, Carmelo Mesa-Lago and Jorge Perez-Lopez

Published By: Contemporary Cuba series. Gainesville and Tallahassee: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 978-0-8130-4423-1
Date of Publication: 2013

Cuba under Raul Castro: Assessing the Reforms by

Published By: Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner
ISBN: 978-1-58826-904-1
Date of Publication: 2013


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Reviewed by: Roger R. Betancourt of University of Maryland
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.52.1.211.r16
Review Pages: 237-42

Book Review Abstract

Roger R. Betancourt of University of Maryland reviews, "Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy" by Al Campbell, Carmelo Mesa-Lago and Jorge Perez-Lopez. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Twelve papers explore the perspectives of Cuban researchers on the Cuban economy. Papers discuss fifty years of revolution in the Cuban economy-a brief overview (José Luis Rodríguez); the evolution of Cuba's macroeconomy-from the triumph of the revolution through the Special Period (Oscar U-Echevarrí Vallejo); Cuba's insertion in the international economy since 1990 (Nancy A. Quiñones Chang); medium- and long-range planning in Cuba-historical evolution and future prospects (Elena Álvarez González); creating a better life-the human dimension of the Cuban economy (Rita Castiñeiras García); fighting poverty-Cuba's experience (Ángela Ferriol); the Cuban population-major characteristics with a special focus on the aging population (Juan Carlos Alfonso Fraga); labor relations, labor rights, and trade unions-their history in Cuba (Alfredo Morales Cartaya); the evolution of international tourism in Cuba (Miguel Alejandro Figueras); tourism-natural product, source of exchange with the outside world, and ideological challenge (Alfredo García Jiménez); agriculture-historical transformations and future directions (Ángel Bu Wong and Pablo Fernández Domínguez); and expansion of knowledge-based economic sectors-the advantages socialism offers for Cuba (Vito N. Quevedo Rodríguez). Campbell is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Utah."


Roger R. Betancourt of University of Maryland reviews, "Cuba under Raúl Castro: Assessing the Reforms" by Carmelo Mesa-Lago and Jorge Perez-Lopez. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Assesses Cuba's reforms under Raúl Castro. Discusses Cuba's economic and social development, 1959-2012; the domestic economy, 2006-12; international economic relations, 2006-12; social welfare, 2006-12; the reforms, the national debate, and the Party Congress; and assessing the reforms-impact and challenges. Mesa-Lago is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Pérez-López is Executive Director of the Fair Labor Association in Washington, D.C."


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Roger R. Betancourt of University of Maryland


JEL Classifications

O10: Economic Development: General
O11: Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
O17: Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
P20: Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies: General
P21: Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies: Planning, Coordination, and Reform
P24: Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies: National Income, Product, and Expenditure; Money; Inflation
P26: Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies: Political Economy; Property Rights
P30: Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions: General
P33: Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions: International Trade, Finance, Investment, and Aid


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