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A retired Harvard professor, Jorge I. Dominguez taught for more than 45 years in the university’s Department of Government. Throughout his career, Jorge Dominguez has focused his teaching and research on politics and international affairs in Latin American countries, including Mexico.

According to a recent quarterly report from the Banco de Mexico, Mexico’s economy is expected to contract even further after already experiencing its deepest slump since the Great Depression. While it is uncertain exactly how much the country’s GDP could continue to shrink, the best-case projections estimate a fall of 8.8 percent by the end of 2020.

Like other countries worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact in Mexico, but the country, which has the second-largest economy in Latin America, has taken a much harder economic hit than its Latin American peers. Economists have placed some blame on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has resisted borrowing money to stimulate the economy. …


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A respected professor and researcher, Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez held leadership responsibilities as chair of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Among Dr. Jorge Dominguez’ areas of extensive knowledge is the Communist Cuban economy and sociopolitical system.

A recent article in Foreign Policy brought focus to Cuba’s unique response to the coronavirus pandemic. As of mid August, there had been 3,229 confirmed cases and near a hundred deaths related to COVID-19. Hundreds of tests undertaken for each new case identified. The mid-summer uptick of cases generated a few dozen new cases confirmed per day in the entire country.

With health care a bright spot in Cuba’s system, factors that have contributed to low viral spread and mortality include widespread monitoring, robust public trust in hospitals, and relatively large numbers of medical workers. …


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Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez has a background as a Harvard University professor focused on trade and policy spanning Latin America. As Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez had a particular depth of knowledge in the workings of the Mexican economy.

As reported in the Washington Post, one surprising outcome of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic has been an increase in remittances to Mexico and countries such as Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras.

Contrary to expectation, all of these countries saw greater remittance inflow from migrant workers and others with family ties to the region than in the first six months of 2019. An example is the more than $3.5 …


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Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez is an academic leader who om the past had focused on Latin American economic and public policy research while a professor at Harvard University. One area in which Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez has extensive knowledge is Communist Cuba and the social challenges it faces.

As reported by Reuters, the Cuban government recently announced that it would take proactive steps in broadening the US dollar’s use. With the economy having flatlined in 2019 and being expected to decline as much as 10 percent in 2020, impacts have been felt widely. These include shortages in basic goods such as medicine and food. …


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Former Harvard University professor Dr. Jorge I. Domínguez is a Latin American scholar who has focused on the fields of international trade and economics. An area of extensive knowledge for Dr. Jorge I. Domínguez is Cuba’s prospects under a growth dampening Communist system.

As reported by Reuters, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been significant in Cuba during the first half of 2020. With the port of Mariel handling 90 percent of the island nation’s container shipments, traffic through May fell by 20 to 25 percent from the same period in 2019.

While the country does not generate timely economic data, claiming that the US could use such information against it in applying sanctions, it is broadly agreed that foreign exchange accounts for 50 percent of Cuba’s purchased and consumed fuel and food. …


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With a background as vice provost for international affairs at Harvard University, Dr. Jorge I. Domínguez focused on Latin American politics and economics. Dr. Jorge I. Domínguez was the Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico and has extensive knowledge of the trade relations between the United States and Mexico.

In seasonally-adjusted terms, Mexico posted its largest trade deficit on record through April 2020. This reflected foreign demand for the products it manufactures falling more sharply than its imports. The $4.29-billion trade deficit registered in April contrasted with a $1.51 billion trade surplus a year earlier. With JP Morgan projecting a 40 percent second-quarter decline from the first quarter, an overall 8.4 …


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With a background as vice provost for international affairs at Harvard University, Dr. Jorge I. Domínguez undertook extensive research on Latin American politics and trade. One of Dr. Jorge I. Domínguez’ areas of focus was the economic and social challenges faced in Communist Cuba.

As highlighted in a recent Reuters article, various aspects of inequality in Cuba have been brought to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation over the past year was already more dire, due to stronger US sanctions and the collapse of ally Venezuela. …


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An expert in the domestic and international politics of Latin America, Jorge I Dominguez most recently served 46 years as a professor at Harvard University. Among his other professional honors, Jorge Dominguez received a lifetime academic achievement award from the Cuba Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

One of the 41 geographical sections of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the LASA’s Cuba Section is united by three overarching objectives: to improve academic relations between Cuba and the United States, to maintain a network of academics who study Cuban political science and/or US/Cuban relations, and developing/instituting LASA initiatives that revolve around Cuban scholars and scholarship. Recent efforts by the LASA Cuba Section include organizing five workshops for the 2019 LASA Boston Congress, covering topics that ranged from racial and gender inequality in Cuba to the proper scholarly methods of examining the Cuban Revolution. …


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With an extensive Latin American research background, Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez was a longtime professor with the Harvard University Department of Government. A particular focus for Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez has been on understanding the political and economic challenges that Communist Cuba faces.

As reported by NBC News, in December 2019 Cuba selected its first prime minister in four decades. In parliamentary session, President Miguel Diaz-Canel named Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz to the position. Over the past 16 years, Cruz has overseen an expanding tourist economy that has brought much-needed hard currency to the country.

Confirming this move was the late Fidel Castro’s brother Raul, who is 88 years old and continues to head the Communist Party. The country’s last prime minister was Fidel Castro, who also held absolute power in the country, and eliminated the position in 1976. …


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Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez held a position as professor at Harvard University and has a focus on Latin American trade and politics. A particular area of interest of Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez has been political and social developments in Cuba, which still exists under the onerous restrictions of a Communist government.

As reported by Reuters, one recent development in Cuba’s state-run economy involves an attempt to move beyond a system in which there are two currencies: the peso and the convertible peso (CUC), which is pegged to the US dollar.

The CUC was instituted after the collapse of the USSR to cushion industry and the country’s citizens from the impact of Cuba’s loss of a major benefactor. Existing in a labyrinthine tango, the two currencies are exchanged at various rates. …

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Currently in retirement, Jorge Dominguez most recently served as the Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico at Harvard University for 12 years.

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