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
5/30/14 US Chamber head urges Cuba to open economy more
The Washington Post
5/30/14 Donohue exhorta a la isla a profundizar las reformas
El Nuevo Herald
5/30/14 Please Don't Call Yoani Sánchez A Hero If You Really Don't Want To Help Her
Tim Padgett, WLRN
5/30/14 Revise U.S. restrictions on Cuba to ensure safe oil drilling
William Reilly and Bob Grahm, Bradenton Herald
5/30/14 Chamber Head: Time to Re-Open Links With Cuba
AFP, Newsmax
5/29/14 Cuba Embargo Under Pressure as Obama Urged to Ease It
Bloomberg
5/28/14 U.S. Chamber of Commerce chief defends visit to Cuba
Reuters Special Coverage News
5/27/14 U.S. business leader praises growth of free enterprise in Cuba
Reuters Special Coverage News
5/27/14 Biden: "we can act creatively to encourage positive trends and demonstrate support for the Cuban people"
Yoani Sanchez, 14yMedio
5/27/14 The Castros in Their Labyrinth
Yoani Sanchez, The New York Times
5/26/14 Wickham: U.S. misses out on Cuba investment
USA Today
5/22/14 Marco Rubio to U.S. Chamber: Your Cuba trip is 'misguided,' propaganda for Castro regime
Naked Politics - The Miami Herald
5/21/14 Cuban blogger's news site hacked after going live
MiamiHerald.com
5/19/14 End of the road for the US-Cuba trade embargo?
BBC News - US & Canada
5/19/14 Former US officials urge easing embargo on Cuba
The Washington Post
5/19/14 Negroponte Leads Group Urging Obama to Ease Cuba Embargo
Bloomberg
5/19/14 Cuba hardliners suppress free exchange of ideas
Ric Herrero, Miami Herald
5/18/14 U.S. Leaders Call on President Obama to Increase Support for Cuban Civil Society Files
Cuba Study Group
5/16/14 Cuba resumes processing all consular affairs
Juan Tamayo, El Nuevo Herald
5/12/14 Insulza: U.S. should engage with Cuba to seek Gross' freedom
MiamiHerald.com
5/11/14 Exiles captured in Cuba during armed infiltrations cannot return to the U.S.
MiamiHerald.com
5/11/14 U.S. Diplomats Reviewing Terrorism Allegations Against Miami Cuban Exiles Detained
Fox News Latino
5/9/14 Raul Castro's reforms fail to end Cuba's chronic shortages
Reuters Economy
5/9/14 Raul Castro's reforms fail to end Cuba's chronic shortages
Reuters
5/9/14 Current Record
5/8/14 AIG Had Cuba Ties While Owned by U.S., Agrees to Treasury Fine
Bloomberg Businessweek
5/7/14 Cuba arrests four Miami-based exiles suspected of attack plot
Reuters US News
5/7/14 Cuba arrests four Miami-based exiles suspected of attack plot
Reuters
5/6/14 Ill. Corn Growers want to expand trade with Cuba
MiamiHerald.com
5/5/14 U.S. delegation urges talks to free American jailed in Cuba
Chicago Tribune
5/5/14 In twilight of Castro regime, failed US embargo must go
Boston Globe Editorial Opinion