Transforming the Cuban Economic Model

June 3, 2013
The Graduate Center, CUNY

After 2008 the presidency of Raúl Castro took steps to revamp the highly centralized form of socialism for which Cuba had been known. Though Cuba’s Actualización draws from other experiences of socialist reform, it appears to be a distinctive approach. The Cuba Project/Bildner Center Colloquium provides an update on the evolving policies and the structural and institutional changes in progress in 2013. The colloquium closes with a review of policy and research implications.


Editors: Mauricio A. Font and Mario González-Corzo

In this edited volume, a group of renowned Cuba-based and international scholars explore Cuba’s economic transformations since 2008 and present fresh and timely perspectives on key topics such as: economic reforms and development, the changing patterns of Cuba’s merchandise trade and its prospects under various possible international scenarios, challenges and opportunities confronting micro-entrepreneurs and self-employed workers in Cuba, cooperatives and their evolving role in the Cuban economy, existing and proposed efforts to mobilize micro-credits and micro-finance as sustainable vehicles to support the expansion of non-State economic actors like cooperatives, microenterprises, and self-employed workers, and recent developments in the structure, composition, management, and functions of the Central State Budget.

Editor: Mario González-Corzo

This book presents new perspectives on Cuba’s emerging agricultural model after of
“Lineamientos de la Política Económica y Social del Partido y la Revolucion” (“Lineamientos” or “Guidelines”) in 2011. Written by Armando Nova González, Professor at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana, and an internationally-recognized expert on Cuban agriculture, it effectively delineates the principal characteristics of Cuba’s emerging agricultural model, its principal challenges, and its future prospects.


Session 1: Current Economic Dynamics

Session 2: Cooperatives and Microfinance

Session 3: Planning and Fiscal Reforms

Session 4: Transforming Agriculture



Colloquium: Transforming the Cuban Economic Model June 3, 2013