No More Free Lunch

Reflections on the Cuban Economic Reform Process and Challenges for Transformation

  • Claes Brundenius
  • Ricardo Torres Pérez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Claes Brundenius, Ricardo Torres Pérez
    Pages 1-4
  3. Oscar Fernández Estrada
    Pages 23-39
  4. Mauricio De Miranda-Parrondo
    Pages 41-62
  5. Anicia García Álvarez, Armando Nova González
    Pages 83-108
  6. Archibald R. M. Ritter
    Pages 109-127
  7. Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva
    Pages 173-191
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 251-260

About this book


In September 2010, the Cuban government decided to embark on an economic reform program, unprecedented after the Revolution in 1959. This opened up opportunities for Cuban economists and scholars to participate in the development of the reform program. Thanks to grants from SSRC (Social Sciences Research Council, New York) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, several researchers from the Cuban think tank CEEC (Center for Studies of the Cuban Economy, Havana) got an opportunity to visit countries that could be of interest for the reform process, notably Vietnam, but also Brazil, South Africa and Norway.

The result of these field visits and a subsequent workshop involving contributions from Cuban as well as non-Cuban scholars, this volume showcases unprecedented new insights into the process and prospects for reform along many dimensions, including foreign direct investment, import substitution, entrepreneurship and business creation, science and technology development, and fiscal policies. The resulting analysis, in a comparative perspective, provides a framework for future research as well as for business practice and policymaking.


Cuban economy Economic development strategies Economic reform Economic transformation process Foreign direct investment Import substitution

Editors and affiliations

  • Claes Brundenius
    • 1
  • Ricardo Torres Pérez
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Policy InstituteLundSweden
  2. 2.University of Havana Center for Studies of the Cuban EconomyHavanaCuba

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00917-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00918-6
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