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Cuba's Socialist Economy Toward The 1990s

Cuba's Socialist Economy Toward The 1990s

Edited by Andrew Zimbalist

Lynne Rienner, 1987, 188 pp.

Eleven academics evaluate Cuba's economic performance under the Castro government, focusing on agriculture, industry, labor, planning, trade and debt. Although the authors are clearly sympathetic to Cuba's experiment, this work is not propaganda but a careful, balanced, empirically grounded and reasonably up-to-date set of useful studies. As Cuba has institutionalized its system of central planning it has become apparent that greater decentralization is needed to mitigate bottlenecks, delays and general inefficiencies, as well as to promote the flow of information and improve worker and management motivation.