Cuba - how can such a small isolated country survive a 50 year trade war against the world's greatest super-power?
And how could anyone possibly verify the economic claims of such a secretive regime?
Get the answers in this brief and readable tour that exposes Cuba's economy through the eyes of its Caribbean neighbors, as well as its global trading patterns.
CUBA UNDER EMBARGO reveals the true macroeconomic impact of the US embargo. Since the usual types of macro data do not exist in Cuba's case, Joe Atikian has compiled a series of alternative indicators to assess the damage. And since there has never been such a study, the results may be surprising.
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Palgrave-Macmillan has just published the latest book by Joe Atikian, INDUSTRIAL SHIFT. Peer into some of the biggest trends in the global economy, whether you are a general reader or an economist. From the decline of manufacturing, to the rise of China, to jobs and the service sector in the age of outsourcing, you'll gain a stronger understanding of today's world and how it affects you.
Even in our turbulent global economy, the popular idea of declining farms and factories is largely unfounded. Food and manufacturing output are growing everywhere, but remain hidden by the faster-growing services sector. Engineers, programmers, surgeons, and pilots make up an ever increasing share of services - it's not just burger-flipping.
There is no doubt that industries are shifting, but how does it all add up? We usually hear the bad news from TV and newspapers, leaving us with stale ideas about what makes a healthy economy. INDUSTRIAL SHIFT provides a freshly updated view that counters our tired assumptions about off-shoring, low wages, and industrial decline.
Do you struggle with saving? Do you wonder if it's worthwhile to save when interest rates are very low?
SAVING MONEY outlines the mindset of a saver as well as the three basic ideas behind your financial power. It gives you a solid foundation for how to think about this tricky aspect of personal affairs.
This is a new approach to thinking about personal finance and saving. There are no tips for discipline or being frugal. Instead, you will find ideas dealing with motivation, mental habits, and using your natural desires in order to improve your financial strength. Stop worrying and comparing yourself to other people. Gain more power and more freedom from the stress of money.