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August 13, 10.15 am – 10.30 am
Introduction and Welcome
ASCE President Silvia Pedraza, University of Michigan
August 13, 10.30 a.m. – Noon
The Cuban Economy and Prospects After COVID-19
Chair: Silvia Pedraza, University of Michigan
Larry Catá-Backer, Pennsylvania State University, “Cuba’s Response to COVID-19 and the Consequences for Cuba of the Pandemic”
Ricardo Torres Pérez, Universidad de la Habana,” “The Cuban economic puzzle after the pandemic” [“El rompecabezas económico cubano después de la pandemia” ] .
Elías Amor Bravo, Professor, ESIC Business & Marketing School, Valencia, Spain Campus, “Cuba: Return to Communist Normalcy After COVID-19”
NOTE: This session will be in English; Elias and Ricardo have indicated that they can present their papers in English.
August 13, 2.30 pm – 4 pm
The Cuba-Venezuela Economic Relationship
Chair: Gary Maybarduk
Carmelo Mesa-Lago, University of Pittsburgh, “Adverse External Sector Impacts on the Cuban Economy”
Luis R. Luis, “Venezuelan-Cuban Mutual Aid: Grants, Subsidies and Fantasies”
Vadim Grishin, George Washington University, “Venezuela and Cuba: Inside a Perfect Storm of Sanctions, Corporate Politics and Changing Economic Policies”
NOTE: This session will be in English.
August 14, 10.30 am – Noon
“Destrabando” the Cuban Economy: An Assessment of Reforms and the Road Ahead
Chair: Natalia Delgado, Columbia University
Jorge Pérez-López, “Raúl’s Reforms: Progress and Pending Issues.”
Pavel Vidal, Universidad Javeriana de Cali, Colombia, “The Great Lockdown and the Cuban Economy: First Impacts and Policy Responses”
Pedro Manuel Monreal Gonzalez, UNESCO, “Companies and the sequence of economic reform in Cuba.”
NOTE: This session will be wholly or partially in English.
August 14, 2.30 pm – 4 pm
Carlos Diaz Alejandro Lecture
Chair: Carlos Seiglie, Rutgers University
Presenter: Alejandro de la Fuente, Harvard University, “Racism with Equality? Measuring Racial Inequality in Cuba, 1980-2010”
Discussant: Tanya Hernandez, Fordham Law School
August 15, 10.30 am – Noon
Roundtable on Currency Developments
Chair: Joaquín Pujol
Experts: Roberto Orro, Caribbean Analysis Unit, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Pavel Vidal, Universidad Javeriana de Cali, Colombia; Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva, Centro Cristiano de Reflexión y Diálogo, La Habana; Rafael Romeu, DevTech Systems; Lorenzo Pérez, International Monetary Fund (retired)
August 15, 2.30 pm – 4 pm
Chair: Mario González-Corzo, Lehman College, CUNY
August 15 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm