The Economics of Cuban Sugar (Pitt Latin American Series) (Paperback)

By Jorge Perez-Lopez

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822985273, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 1991

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Sugar, the backbone of the Cuban economic life for centuries, continues to dominate the economy of socialist Cuba.  After initial attempts at diversification following the Revolution, the Cuban regime rehabilitated the sugar industry in 1965, making the country again vulnerable to swings in world market prices and the dangers of overdependence on a single agricultural product.

Pérez-López examines the various efforts at economic planning in the years following the Revolution and provides in-depth analysis of aspects particular to the sugar industry: cultivation, mechanization, energy and transportation, refining and the manufacture of sugar derivatives, production costs, and foreign trade.

About the Author

Jorge Pérez-López is executive director of the Fair Labor Association, having served 31 years in the U.S. government, first in the Bureau of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor and then as the Director of the Office of International Economic Affairs.

Praise For The Economics of Cuban Sugar (Pitt Latin American Series)

“The book remains a valuable contribution to the understanding of the role of sugar and sugar exports in the Cuban economy in the first three post-revolutionary decades.”
—New West Indian Guide