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The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) has released the conference program and links to dozens of Cuba papers on specialized topics as seen later in this article.

The event is held every August in Miami. The information below is from their August 2012 conference.

The preface by President Ted Henken begins “This 22nd Volume of Cuba in Transition contains the Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE), held on August 2–4, 2012 at the Hilton Downtown Hotel in Miami, Florida.

The conference theme, “Where Is Cuba Going?,” was intended as a challenge to conference participants to reflect on the goals of the various economic reform measures enacted on the island since 2008, identify their consequences (both intended and unintended), and evaluate their success. We were quite prescient with the title this year, given that the New York Times Magazine ran a cover story under the same headline just a few weeks after our meeting.

Academic scholars, policy makers, and professionals from the United States, Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, and other countries presented their research in an array of areas, from the impact of the changes in Cuba to the global financial crisis, legal issues, agriculture, tourism, foreign relations, and the Internet and emerging uses of social media on the island.

You can read the rest of the Cuba conference preface here.

Conference Program

The event featured panel discussions on the following Cuba topics:

Current Economic and Social Situation

Cuba and International Financial Institutions

Financial and Macroeconomic Issues

Social Media in Cuba: The New Public Sphere?


The Church, Religion and Reforms in Cuba

The Cuban Diaspora

Property Rights

Student Papers

Reforms and Their Effects

Ernesto Betancourt Keynote Address

Historical Cuba

Política Migratoria en Cuba

Demography and Public Health

International Economic Relations and Oil

Tourism, Environment and Services

Economic Measurement Issues

Self-Employment, Cooperatives and Solidarity Associations

Table of Contents

Papers were presented with the following topics by the following authors. You can read each Cuba paper in full here.

Where is Cuba Going? Economic Policies that Have Been Adopted and Results Thus Far by Joaquín P. Pujol

Situación de la economía cubana by Oscar Espinosa Chepe

The Politics of Cuban Transformation—What Space for Authoritarian Withdrawal? by Vegard Bye

The International Financial Institutions and Cuba: Relations with Non-Member States by Richard E. Feinberg

Cuba’s Membership in the IMF and Other International Financial Institutions and their Possible Role in Promoting Sustainable Economic Growth in Cuba by Joaquín P. Pujol

Comments on Richard Feinberg’s “Reaching Out” by Rolando H. Castañeda

Comment: Cuba and the International Financial Institutions by Lorenzo L. Pérez

Transition Policies Twenty Years Later: Lessons for the Case of Cuba by Gabriel Di Bella, Rafael Romeu and Andy Wolfe

The Growth of the Cuban Economy in the First Decade of the XXI Century: Is it Sustainable? by Ernesto Hernández-Catá

Cuba: External Cash Flow, Barter Trade and Potential Shocks by Luis R. Luis

Market Orientation and Business Performance in Cuban Firms: A Comparative Analysis of State-Owned Versus Joint Venture Firms by Julio Cerviño, Joan Llonch and Josep Rialp

Una isla 1.0 en un mundo 2.0 by Yoani Sánchez

Social Media in Contemporary Cuba by Enrique S. Pumar

Cuba Platform Fisheries: Collapse or Recovery? by Sergio Díaz-Briquets

Furthering Cuban Reforms Through Agricultural Trade by Timothy Ashby and Stephen J. Kimmerling

U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports to Cuba: Progress, Problems and Prospects by William A. Messina, Jr.

La Iglesia como puente de acercamiento by Orlando Márquez Hidalgo

Cuba: La Iglesia Católica y el Estado en tiempos de revolución—Una aproximación histórica by Javier Figueroa de Cárdenas

El crecimiento de la iglesia protestante y la libertad religiosa by Teo A. Babún, Jr.

Comentarios sobre la Iglesia y las reformas en Cuba by Lorenzo L. Pérez

Religion and Reforms in Cuba by Enrique S. Pumar

“Cubans: An Epic Journey”—Genesis of a Book by Sam Verdeja and Guillermo Martínez

The Contribution of the Cuban Diaspora in Business and Finance by Leonardo Rodríguez

Cuban Real Estate Framework Laws by Rolando Anillo

The Impact of Cuba’s New Real Estate Laws on the Island and the Diaspora by Antonio R. Zamora

The Proletarian Corporation: Organizing Cuban Economic Enterprises in the Wake of the Lineamientos—Property Rights Between Corporations, Cooperatives and Globalization by Larry Catá Backer

Cuba 2012: El fin de las reformas socioeconómicas ligeras o cosméticas en tiempos difíciles (O la Gran Falacia) by Rolando H. Castañeda

Prospects For Reform in Cuba: Is Raúl Castro Serious About Liberalizing the Cuban Economy? by Armando S. Linde

From Chaos to a Socialist Market Economy: A Contribution to the Understanding of Current Changes and Trends in Cuba by Domingo Amuchástegui

Can Cuban Rulers Rule Cuba? by Jorge Domínguez

Political Intolerance and Cuba’s Future: To Hell in a Hand Basket by Jorge L. Romeu

Cuba’s 1950 Midterm Elections: The Island’s Last Democratic Poll by Ilan Ehrlich

Apreciaciones psicohistóricas de la emigración y el exilio by Carmen Díaz

Entre la espada y la reforma migratoria by Haroldo Dilla Alfonso

Access to Human Health, Freedoms and Other Standards of Living Development in Cuba by Rodolfo J. Stusser

Cuba: Economic Growth, Aging, and Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability by Gabriel Di Bella, Rafael Romeu and Andy Wolfe

Venezuela: El próximo ajuste económico fundamental—Compleja situación en 2012 y perspectivas inmediatas by Rolando H. Castañeda

Oil and Democracy in Cuba: Going Towards Nigeria or Norway? by Roger R. Betancourt

Petróleo y rentismo entre Cuba y Venezuela by Carlos A. Romero

Turismo, migración y proyectos de codesarrollo en el escenario turístico cubano by José L. Perelló Cabrera

The Future of the City of Havana: The Economic Dimension by Jorge A. Sanguinetty

The Cuban Labor Market: Availability and Interpretation of Statistics by Jorge F. Pérez-López

Does Cuba Share Responsibility for Human Rights at Guantanamo Bay? by Michael J. Strauss

Evaluation and Design of a Decentralized Alternative to Conventional Wastewater Infrastructure in Cuba by Antonio Díaz, Jhon Cores, Alex Arias, William Rodríguez, and Miguel Morales

Appendix A: About the Authors

Next Conference

The next ASCE conference, the 23rd annual one,  will be from August 1 - 3, 2013 in Miami with the title “Reforming Cuba?

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