No More Free Lunch

Reflections on the Cuban Economic Reform Process and Challenges for Transformation

Editors: Brundenius, Claes, Torres Pérez, Ricardo (Eds.)

  • Explores the prospects for economic reform in Cuba from many perspectives
  • Compares the experience to Cuba to that of Vietnam
  • Contributors include leading Cuban and Vietnamese economists​
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In September 2010, the Cuban government decided to embark on an economic reform program, unprecedented after the Revolution in 1959. This opened up opportunities for Cuban economists and scholars to participate in the development of the reform program. Thanks to grants from SSRC (Social Sciences Research Council, New York) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, several researchers from the Cuban think tank CEEC (Center for Studies of the Cuban Economy, Havana) got an opportunity to visit countries that could be of interest for the reform process, notably Vietnam, but also Brazil, South Africa and Norway.  

The result of these field visits and a subsequent workshop involving contributions from Cuban as well as non-Cuban scholars, this volume showcases unprecedented new insights into the process and prospects for reform along many dimensions, including foreign direct investment, import substitution, entrepreneurship and business creation, science and technology development, and fiscal policies.  The resulting analysis, in a comparative perspective, provides a framework for future research as well as for business practice and policymaking.

About the authors

Claes Brundenius is Honorary Professor at the Research Policy Institute (RPI), Lund University, Sweden. He holds a PhD in Economic History from Lund University. Before joining the staff at RPI he was attached to the OECD Directorate for Scientific Affairs in Paris. He has been a Guest Professor at Pittsburgh University (1984) and Smith College (1987), USA. Between 1997 and 2003 he was Senior Researcher at the Centre for Development Research in Copenhagen. His main interest is research and policy studies on the role and impact of Science, Technology and Innovation policies and strategies in developing countries. His current work has focused on policy analysis of technological change and knowledge based development in developing and transition economies, notably in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia, and Southern Africa (SADC). His latest book (co-editor with Bo Göransson) is Universities in Transition – The Changing Role and Challenges for Academic Institutions (Springer, New York, 2011).

Ricardo Torres Pérez holds a PhD in Economic Sciences from the University of Havana. He is currently associate professor with the Centro de Estudios de la Economía Cubana (CEEC) at the University of Havana. He was a government scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Japan (2007-2009) and visiting researcher at Harvard University and the Ohio State University (2012). He has published in the Harvard International Review and has chapters in several books, including “Cincuenta años de la economía cubana” (Editorial Ciencias Sociales, Havana, 2010) and “Cuba: hacia una estrategia de desarrollo para los inicios del siglo XXI" (Editorial Universidad Javeriana de Cali, 2012).

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Brundenius, Claes (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • Structural Problems and Changes in Cuba’s Economic Model

    Pérez, Ricardo Torres

    Pages 5-22

  • The Economic Transformation Process in Cuba After 2011

    Estrada, Oscar Fernández

    Pages 23-39

  • Current Problems in the Cuban Economy and Necessary Reforms

    Miranda-Parrondo, Mauricio

    Pages 41-62

  • Monetary and Exchange Rate Reform in Cuba: Lessons from Vietnam

    Vidal, Pavel

    Pages 63-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
No More Free Lunch
Book Subtitle
Reflections on the Cuban Economic Reform Process and Challenges for Transformation
Editors
  • Claes Brundenius
  • Ricardo Torres Pérez
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00918-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00918-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-00917-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37681-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 260
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
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