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Volume 63 / Social Sciences


MARIO A. GONZÁLEZ-CORZO, Assistant Professor of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration, Lehman College, The City of New York (CUNY), Economics Department ONE NOTABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE LITERATURE on the Cuban economy is the improved availability of statistical information, and increased accessibility of Cuba's principal demographic and socioeconomic indicators, through the official Web site of the Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas—ONE (http://www.one.cu/). Two noteworthy publications in this category are the comprehensive statistical yearbook (item #bi2006003487#) and a recent population and housing census (item #bi2006003489#).

Another significant trend in the literature is the publication of several works, both inside and outside of Cuba, focusing on the principal causes of the economic crisis of the 1990s; the scope, limitations, and impact of the policy measures implemented in response to the crisis; recent economic developments; and prospects for the future. Particularly notable among these are Pérez Villanueva's compilation of essays produced by Cuban economists associated with the Centro de Estudios de la Economía Cubana (CEEC) at the Universidad de Havana (item #bi2006001422#), Mesa-Lago and Pérez-López's book on Cuba's economic reforms (item #bi2005004546#), and CEPAL's recent publications on the Cuban economy (items #bi2006003490# and #bi2006003753#).

Finally, several publications analyzing and discussing recent developments and future prospects for the agriculture and tourism sectors have emerged recently. Álvarez and Pérez-López's Reinventing the Cuban Sugar Agroindustry (item #bi2006003755#), Nova González's contributions in Reflexiones sobre economía cubana (item #bi2006001422#), and Pollit's study of the rise and demise of Cuba's sugar sector (item #bi2006003754#) are essential for understanding the historical evolution and complex issues confronting Cuban agriculture and the future prospects for this vital sector of the economy. In terms of international tourism, three noteworthy contributions are Jensen's work on the effects of tourism and foreign investment on the creation of backward linkages with other sectors of the economy (item #bi2006003759#), Figueras Pérez's essay on tourism and the development of productive clusters in Reflexiones sobre economía cubana (item #bi2006001422#), and Cerviño and Cubillo's article on the principal challenges confronting Cuba's hotel and tourism sector (item #bi2006003491#).

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