Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Carmelo Mesa Lago: Raul Castro's Economic and Social Reforms in Cuba

This is a podcast of a lecture by Carmelo Mesa Lago, current professor on economics and Latin American Studies at University of Pittsburgh and 2009 Tulane Greenleaf Distinguished Professor in Latin American Studies, on Raul Castro’s economic and social reforms in Cuba. The lecture took place on March 18, 2013 at Tulane University’s Greenleaf Conference Room.

In 2007 Raul Castro inherited from his brother Fidel, economic and social-welfare systems in shambles and since then has been enacting reforms to improve both. The lecture will explain the causes of such reforms, their wide discussion by scholars and the press, and evaluate their effects based on Cuban data and other information. Among the key reforms: distribution of unused state land to farmers, dismissal of one million unneeded state workers, expansion of private jobs in self-employment and cooperatives, tax reform, more flexibility for Cubans to travel, and authorization to sell-buy homes. Mesa-Lago is the author of the book Cuba en la era de Raul Castro: Reformas economico sociales y sus efectos (Madrid: Editorial Colibri, 2012).

Cuba + People
Ana M. López
Director - Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Professor - Communication, Associate Provost - Office of Academic Affairs