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Title:
Measuring Cuban economic performance
Author:
Pérez-López, Jorge F.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1987.
Physical Description:
xii, 202 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780292750920
Format :
Book

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In research on contemporary Latin America, perhaps no issue has so vexed scholars as the reliability and comparability of data on the Cuban economy. There have been other attempts to make the Cuban methodology of income accounting-Material Product Systems-compatible with the more usual System of National Accounts (most importantly Claes Brundenius, Revolutionary Cuba: The Challenge of Growth with Equity, CH, Oct '84), but this volume is the most up to date and thorough. There are 49 text tables of data and 6 in the appendix. These will be especially valuable for scholars who wish to follow the meticulous construction of the income, price, investment, and other series. Chapter 5 will be of interest to the general Latin Americanist for its comparison of official Cuban growth estimates with those of Brundenius and the uniformly lower estimates of this book, a finding certain to generate healthy responses on issues that are not yet settled, but undeniably important. No research library should be without this book.-J.L. Dietz, California State University, Fullerton