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Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy
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Most scholarship on the Cuban economy looks at the island nation from the outside in. Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy is the first collection to bring together some of the island’s leading economists to discuss the good and the bad about their own economy. These thirteen voices--seldom published together in English--offer clear and straightforward analyses of how Cuban society provides for its needs, distributes surplus, and assesses its shortcomings.

Focusing on changes in policy during the Special Period, the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, this volume tracks various shifts, both major and minor, in the island’s planned economy as leaders adapted to changing global relations while developing independent sources of income. These essays offer invaluable and sober assessments of Cuba’s entrance into the international economy through such sectors as tourism, knowledge-based goods and services, and agriculture.

Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy was written, in part, to reveal the rigorous research conducted within the country and to clarify the different factors that Cubans emphasize in examining their place on the world economic stage. It also provides unique insights into the island’s fight against poverty, its aging population, and its trade unions. This book will be an invaluable resource for years to come.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Finding a New Road (Again) to a Socialist Economy and Economic Well-Being in Cuba
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part I. The Macroeconomy
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 1. Fifty Years of Revolution in the Cuban Economy: A Brief Overview
  2. pp. 25-61
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  1. 2. The Evolution of Cuba’s Macroeconomy: From the Triumph of the Revolution through the Special Period
  2. pp. 62-88
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  1. 3. Cuba’s Insertion in the International Economy since 1990
  2. pp. 89-113
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  1. 4. Medium- and Long-Range Planning in Cuba: Historical Evolution and Future Prospects
  2. pp. 114-136
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  1. Part II. Socioeconomic Issues
  2. pp. 137-138
  1. 5. Creating a Better Life: The Human Dimension of the Cuban Economy
  2. pp. 139-164
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  1. 6. Fighting Poverty: Cuba’s Experience
  2. pp. 165-188
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  1. 7. The Cuban Population: Major Characteristics with a Special Focus on the Aging Population
  2. pp. 189-210
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  1. 8. Labor Relations, Labor Rights, and Trade Unions: Their History in Cuba
  2. pp. 211-232
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  1. Part III. Specific Branches of Production
  2. pp. 233-234
  1. 9. The Evolution of International Tourism in Cuba
  2. pp. 235-251
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  1. 10. Tourism: Natural Product, Source of Exchange with the Outside World, and Ideological Challenge
  2. pp. 252-269
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  1. 11. Agriculture: Historical Transformations and Future Directions
  2. pp. 270-291
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  1. 12. Expansion of Knowledge-Based Economic Sectors: The Advantages Socialism Offers for Cuba
  2. pp. 292-318
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 319-322
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-337
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 357-357
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