Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Mario González-Corzo, Lehman College, CUNY
This talk will be based on Dr. Mesa-Lago’s most recent publication: Voces de cambio en el sector no estatal cubano: cuentapropistas, usufructuarios, socios de cooperativas y compraventa de viviendas (Iberoamericana, 2016).
More than a million people, almost one-third of the Cuban labor force, are in the non-state sector of the economy. Based on 80 intensive interviews conducted in Cuba, this book gathers the sector’s voices, giving first-hand accounts of the main problems they face and their desire for improvement or change.
Carmelo Mesa-Lago (Ph.D., Cornell University) is distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, a visiting professor, researcher and lecturer in 40 countries, and the author of 92 books and 300 articles published in 7 languages in 34 countries. Past President of the Latin American Studies Association, member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and of editorial boards of six academic journals. International Labor Organization Prize on Decent Work shared with Nelson Mandela.
Mario González-Corzo (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is associate professor at the Department of Economics at Lehman College, CUNY, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in economics and finance. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University. His research and areas of specialization include Cuba’s post-Soviet economic transformations, the role of remittances in the Cuban economy, and Cuba’s banking and agricultural sectors. Dr. González-Corzo is a contributing editor for the section on Cuban political economy and economics of the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) published by the Library of Congress. He is also a research associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami (FL).