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Cuban Economic and Social Development

Cuban Economic and Social Development

Policy Reforms and Challenges in the 21st Century

Edited by Jorge I. Domínguez, Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva, Mayra Espina Prieto, and Lorena Barberia

ISBN 9780674062436

Publication date: 03/26/2012

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.


  • This rich compilation is essential reading for all looking to understand Cuba's growth record as well as its economic sustainability in a globalized economic terrain.

    —Patrice M. Franko, Choice


  • 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.

Book Details

  • 338 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies