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Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy$
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Al Campbell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044231

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044231.001.0001

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Creating a Better Life

Creating a Better Life

The Human Dimension of the Cuban Economy

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Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy

Rita Castiñeiras GarcÍa

University Press of Florida

Rita Castiñeiras outlines the direct impact of the economy on the quality and nature of Cubans’ lives. After general discussion of the difficulty of measuring well-being and a historical description of what the Revolution faced when it began in 1959, she enumerates the orientation and achievements of Cuba’s socioeconomic policies to date. Castiñeiras then turns to the main task of her essay, a brief consideration of thirteen specific dimensions of Cuba’s socioeconomic policies and their results: the changing demographic characteristics of the population; human development; inequality; employment; social security and welfare; women’s role in society; food; public health; education; culture and art; sports; housing; and the environment. She next considers the additional set of socioeconomic policies introduced as part of the “Battle of Ideas” at the beginning of the twenty-first century: the multi-dimensional social, ideological, and cultural counterattack launched against the consumerist vision of a good society that the United States epitomizes. The chapter ends with consideration of the question of how much of its scarce material resources should Cuba really invest in its verbally attractive commitment to socioeconomic development.

Keywords:   Rita Castiñeiras, Cuba, Cuban, social economy, socioeconomic policies, socioeconomic development, Special Period, well-being, “The Battle Of Ideas”

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