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

25 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2006

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Date Written: December 2000

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Cuba, growth, productivity, liberalization, transition

JEL Classification: O11, O4, O23, O47, O54, P27

Suggested Citation

Hernández-Catá, Ernesto, The Fall and Recovery of the Cuban Economy in the 1990s: Mirage or Reality? (December 2000). IMF Working Paper No. 01/48, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=879444

Ernesto Hernández-Catá (Contact Author)

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