The Fall and Recovery of the Cuban Economy in the 1990's : Mirage or Reality?

Author/Editor:

Ernesto Hernández-Catá

Publication Date:

May 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The collapse of the Cuban economy following the cessation of Soviet assistance gave way to a strong recovery in 1994-96. There are three possible explanations for this recovery: (i) that it never took place; (ii) that it reflected a surge in productivity resulting from stabilization and liberalization in 1993-94; or (iii) that it resulted from a favorable aggregate demand shock. The second explanation-the most persuasive-suggests that a strong and durable expansion will probably not be achieved on the basis of present policies, but that the benefits of a full liberalization of the economy are likely to be considerable.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/48

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451846744/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0482001

Format:

Paper

Pages:

25

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