Editor’s Note: Besides helping boomers prepare for a financially safe retirement, Making Sen$e contributor Lew Mandell has served as one of our far-flung economics correspondents, reporting from Singapore last fall on how the government uses incentives to encourage and discourage certain behavior. Mandell returns in that role now, filing his observations from his recent trip to Cuba.

With a long interest in economies that have transitioned from a command to a market-based system, Mandell considers himself lucky to have made it to one of the last command economies traveling with the recently reinstated “person-to-person” program that allows Americans to travel to Cuba with groups approved by the U.S. Treasury Department. What he saw was an economy transitioning to a more market-based model after Raul Castro took the helm from his brother Fidel...

Recent Articles

Date Title
9/27/15 Airlines expect high demand for new routes between U.S. and Cuba
Hugo Martin, L.A. Times
9/27/15 Different Cuba greeted Miami pilgrims
Franklyne Casale, The Miami Herald
9/26/15 Chamber of Commerce Starts Group to Boost Cuba Business Opportunities
9/26/15 I choose to help rebuild my old Cuba
Mike Fernandez, The Miami Herald
9/25/15 SC Line adds shipping service from Port Everglades to Cuba
Bloomberg Business
9/24/15 New U.S.-Cuba relationship frequent theme during pope’s visit
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
9/24/15 Cuba's 35 New Wi-Fi Spots Leaves Young Generation Wanting For More
Guneet Bhatia, International Business Times
9/22/15 Cost and Benefits From a Possible Return of Cuba to the IMF and to the World Bank. Is it Worth Exploring? Files
From the Island, Cuba Study Group
9/21/15 Francis travels to Holguín, a Cuban city that has never seen a pope
Patricia Mezzei, The Miami Herald
9/21/15 US reportedly may abstain from UN vote condemning Cuba embargo
9/21/15 Pope Lures Exiles Back to Cuba, Where a Lifetime Ago Is Yesterday
Lizzette Alvarez, The New York Times
9/21/15 For separated Cuban families, pope's message on ideology and reconciliation hits home
Christine Armario, AP
9/21/15 On Francis’ last, full day in Cuba, a message of change
Patricia Mazzei and Daniel Chang, The Miami Herald
9/19/15 What Cuba’s new wave of entrepreneurs need to know
Russell Walker and Kyle Bell, Fortune
9/19/15 Obama y Raúl Castro hablan en vísperas de la visita del papa Francisco
Silvia Ayuso, El Pais