Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy (Contemporary Cuba) by PDF

ISBN-10: 0813044235

ISBN-13: 9780813044231

So much released fabric in English at the Cuban financial system is written through non-Cubans. The aim of this ebook is to give, in English, a spectrum of perspectives on quite a few elements of the Cuban economic climate from twelve Cuban economists revered in Cuba for his or her paintings. The book’s temporal concentration is the designated interval, 1990-2009, even though it additionally provides the former thirty years as worthy heritage. The paintings is split into 3 thematic sections of 4 chapters every one: (1) the macroeconomy; (2) socioeconomic concerns; and (3) particular branches of construction. person chapters deal with the macroeconomy, overseas alternate, making plans, the commercial features of residing in Cuba, poverty, demographics, hard work, tourism, agriculture, and knowledge-based sectors. The authors emphasize empirical aid for the positions they current as they improve the vital topic that yokes different chapters: the level to which the industrial adjustments that happened over the distinct interval encouraged how the Cuban economic system features now and as prelude to extra significant adjustments that may are available the longer term. A moment vital topic through the chapters is Cuba’s persisted dedication to creating offerings that increase human health and increase the construction of a socialist financial system, albeit with many new rules on either what's attainable and essential to convey those pursuits approximately.

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This shift in itself has raised the cost to Cuba of this type of borrowing. But in addition the United States has consistently pressured or prevented official lending bodies from making loans to Cuba. By (among other things) making it more difficult for Cuba to sell its production internationally, the United States has directly and indirectly discouraged lending from private sources, or made what private lending Cuba could secure more expensive. So a first concern for Cuba—especially in the very short run when their existing financing arrangements with CMEA and in particular the USSR were abruptly canceled—was to reinsert itself into the circuits of international private finance or, where possible, official multilateral or bilateral public lending.

By (among other things) making it more difficult for Cuba to sell its production internationally, the United States has directly and indirectly discouraged lending from private sources, or made what private lending Cuba could secure more expensive. So a first concern for Cuba—especially in the very short run when their existing financing arrangements with CMEA and in particular the USSR were abruptly canceled—was to reinsert itself into the circuits of international private finance or, where possible, official multilateral or bilateral public lending.

Like all authors in this collection, these two both conclude by identifying the issues on the table today that must be addressed in order to move forward, but Rodríguez devotes a lengthier section to these issues. This balance lends complementarity to the two opening chapters. Any discussion of Cuba’s macroeconomy must fairly early bring up a fundamental problem common to the majority of third-world economies: its foreign-exchange constraint. One option to relax this constraint is foreign investment, but such investment must always be monitored to ensure it provides more help to the recipient economy than harm.

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