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Pay Inequality in Cuba: the Special Period and After

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  • James K. Galbraith

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    (The University of Texas Inequality Project, The University of Texas at Austin)

  • Laura Spagnolo

    (The University of Texas Inequality Project, The University of Texas at Austin)

  • Daniel Munevar

    (The University of Texas Inequality Project, The University of Texas at Austin)

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    This paper analyzes the evolution of pay inequality in Cuba from the early 1990s through 2004, during what was known as the “Special Period in Times of Peace” and after. We measure pay inequality across sectors and regions, using the between-groups component of Theil’s T statistic, and we map the changing components of that statistic in order to provide a compact summary of structural change in Cuba. This method helps us to observe the transition of the Cuban economy from one based fundamentally on sugar to one based largely on services, especially tourism, but also others with greater growth potential, such as information technology, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Regionally, we observe that a main dividing line between winners and losers is the presence of tourist attractions: the recent increase of regional pay inequality is associated primarily with changing incomes in the city of Havana and the province of Matanzas.

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    Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 52.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2006-52

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