Raul Castro’s Socio-Economic Reforms in Cuba: Evaluation of Results

Speaker Carmelo Mesa-Lago is a Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh

Carmelo Mesa-Lago has been a visiting professor or researcher in Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, United Kingdom and the United States, as well as a lecturer in 39 countries. Author of 82 books/pamphlets and 275 articles/chapters published in 7 languages in 34 countries, on the Cuban economy, social security and comparative economic systems; founder/editor for 18 years of Cuban Studies.

His most recent books: Market, Socialist and Mixed Economies: Comparative Policy and Performance (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), Cuba’s Aborted Reform: Socioeconomic Effects, International Comparisons and Transition Policies (with J. Perez-Lopez, University Press of Florida, 2005), Reassembling Social Security (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Cuba en la era de Raul Castro: Reformas economico-sociales y sus efectos (Editorial Colibri, 2012).

He has worked throughout Latin America as regional advisor for ECLAC, consultant with most international financial organizations, several U.N. branches and national/foreign foundations. Was President of the Latin American Studies Association, is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and has received the ILO International Research Prize on Decent Work, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Senior Prize, two Senior Fulbrights, Arthur Whitaker and Hoover Institution Prizes, the Distinction of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, the Bicentennial Medallion of the University of Pittsburgh, Homage for his life work on social security (OISS, CISS) and the Cuban economy (Revista Encuentro) and other awards/grants; was finalist in Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize on Social Sciences 2009.

The moderator, Mauricio Font, is director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and professor of sociology at The Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York. His research examines problems of development and reform in Brazil, Cuba and Latin America as well as international cooperation in the Western Hemisphere.

Location, date and time

Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies
The Graduate Center, Room 9206/07
365 Fifth Avenue (@34th Street)

DATE: Friday, November 2, 2012, 4:00PM

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