Why Cuban cab drivers earn more than doctors

  • Published: 26 October 2015
  • In Cuba, cab drivers are the one percent

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    Cuba’s economy works as a central planning model, where government ministries dole out resources and set everything from prices to inventories to salaries. The fact that a taxi driver can make so much more than a physician is a reflection of the Cuban government’s heavy focus on tourism. For years, the central planning apparatus has valued tourism as a key mechanism for both bringing in revenue as well as propagating the idea that Cuba is thriving. Many pesos are collected by the high prices on everything related to the tourism industry.

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Comments • 8 213

  • Diarrhea
    Diarrhea  19 hours back

    Honestly, that scene where it shows the people with professional careers doing remedial work is one of the best scenes I’ve ever seen.

    • Tony Faxton
      Tony Faxton  22 hours back

      Another ignorant video from VOX.

      • vn01208503
        vn01208503  1 days back

        basically they make people stayed away from higher education by giving better pay to lower job

        • SandboxArrow
          SandboxArrow  4 days back

          Glad I don’t live in Cuba

          • Mrkt91 2019
            Mrkt91 2019  5 days back

            I live in Norway. When i was unemployed i got 2000$ a month in welfare...I even managed to go on vacations during this time.

            • Gia Lopez
              Gia Lopez  5 days back

              Set the market free

              • maleek kymani
                maleek kymani  6 days back

                when I lived in Cuba a few years ago. a doctor who is specialized in a particular field would get 12 usd per month

                • Brendan Hauser
                  Brendan Hauser  6 days back

                  What car is he driving

                  • Private Dahon
                    Private Dahon  1 weeks back

                    Its awesome to hire cuban people for its hidden academical backround

                    • prolific grower
                      prolific grower  1 weeks back

                      I wish one day uber and lyft drivers make more then a shoe salesman.

                      • The chosen one
                        The chosen one  1 weeks back

                        WOW socialism doesnt work oh my god imagine my shock? 😱 this is me being shocked...

                        • E38 BMW
                          E38 BMW  1 weeks back

                          Kuba = N.KOREA

                          • william wallace
                            william wallace  2 weeks back

                            However seems like freedom of speech still there.

                            • Larnia Ling
                              Larnia Ling  2 weeks back

                              It’s a “ideal” situation if we can put a entire nation into 1 “mind” (not a person), everyone will have a same thoughts and strongly connected with others, everyone completely understand even the deepest thought in others hearts, (yes, mind-readers), their roles will be allocated, the farmers know how much food the society need, manufacturers know how many goods to produce, of course they knows the equivalent of demands and supplies, competition doesn’t exist, they will even know what you want to buy for dinner for less than a second look into your mind...

                              To make this happen, they will need a network connects not just data but human mind, also their brain must be strong enough to analyze the huge amount of thoughts and get allocated jobs...

                              Don’t forget to destroy human feelings and senses, love, interests, flavors...no need.

                              Ok, that is from anime, goosebumps, I can’t type for that “ideal” anymore...

                              • Comrade Sam
                                Comrade Sam  2 weeks back

                                These issues in Cuba are due to its economic reforms in the late 80s. Cuba heavily depended on the Soviet Union and never became self sufficient so Castro was forced to allow a small private sector. These issues don’t lie with communism they lie with market socialism.

                                • Mohammed Qureshi
                                  Mohammed Qureshi  2 weeks back

                                  Good, but showing only one side of the coin. The side which seems terrible to capitalists.

                                  Despite everything, Cubans live just as long as the average American does. And that too without the so-called blessings of capitalism.

                                  • Mohammed Qureshi
                                    Mohammed Qureshi  4 days back

                                    @Shaun Cameron actually believe it or not it's across the board, you can research it if you want to.

                                  • Shaun Cameron
                                    Shaun Cameron  5 days back

                                    Unless they're either part of the Castro regime or the black market.

                                • Sukhi Vlogger
                                  Sukhi Vlogger  3 weeks back

                                  Cuba needs another revolution

                                  • Isaac Huerta
                                    Isaac Huerta  3 weeks back

                                    That’s communism for ya

                                  • Emeli Gabriel
                                    Emeli Gabriel  3 weeks back

                                    These videos make me great full

                                    • boris lillo
                                      boris lillo  3 weeks back

                                      Ummm in Australia there are many people who have degrees and choose to work in construction or even cleaning because it pays more .. Americans laugh & comment but i bet they still have a better health care system then the US

                                      • Zen
                                        Zen  3 weeks back

                                        Perhaps reformation is better than revolution, maybe they shouls have continued a more socialist democracy instead of going full communism after gaining independence

                                        • Mom's Basement
                                          Mom's Basement  3 weeks back

                                          No wars, no homeless, no medical bills, no illusion that your vote actually counts, maybe they’re on to something.

                                          • Jesus Christ
                                            Jesus Christ  3 weeks back

                                            This is going to be America once they automation hits bad in the next 5 years. Mark my words.

                                            • theultimatechicken11
                                              theultimatechicken11  4 weeks back

                                              West is the best

                                              • Arthur Pietro Nogueira
                                                Arthur Pietro Nogueira  4 weeks back

                                                so everyone can do a college degree? much better in usa where you have to pay your whole life to study, right?

                                                • Kim Jong Un
                                                  Kim Jong Un  4 weeks back

                                                  So Cubans 30 years ago were like Minecraft villagers with specific jobs

                                                  • navin pai
                                                    navin pai  4 weeks back

                                                    a lesson for india

                                                    • Sultan Iqbal
                                                      Sultan Iqbal  4 weeks back

                                                      So it's better to be a cab driver in a free market than a doctor under socialism?

                                                      • Big Tyler
                                                        Big Tyler  1 months back

                                                        Communism what American democrats will turn us into

                                                        • Pendekar Dam Aldhiyaa
                                                          Pendekar Dam Aldhiyaa  1 months back

                                                          tuu pon belambak melayu sokong komunis..tengok laa..

                                                          • Daniel Malloy
                                                            Daniel Malloy  1 months back

                                                            Welcome to Socialism, Liz Warren, and Bernie Sanders

                                                            • AH AH
                                                              AH AH  1 months back

                                                              Because they rob the doctors that are using their services?

                                                              • S SN QN
                                                                S SN QN  1 months back

                                                                I thought communism was liberal and loving?

                                                                • Yifan Tian
                                                                  Yifan Tian  1 months back

                                                                  The economic system of Cuba is like the system of China before economic reform.

                                                                  • TONY Bee
                                                                    TONY Bee  1 months back

                                                                    hmmm...seems like every second person is some kind of an engineer....like the whole country is over qualified.

                                                                    • Bond James Bond
                                                                      Bond James Bond  1 months back

                                                                      They should bring this idea to America. Maybe then will doctors, lawyers and engineers learn to treat people with respect and stop the arrogant and pompous behavior.

                                                                      • Natalia Esco
                                                                        Natalia Esco  1 months back

                                                                        So sad

                                                                        • Alexander Novgorodov
                                                                          Alexander Novgorodov  1 months back

                                                                          The same was in the Ussr

                                                                          • Brianna B
                                                                            Brianna B  1 months back

                                                                            This video is mostly accurate and nonpartisan, but by God has it attracted hundreds of Miami nutbars and anti-socialist reactionaries.

                                                                            • Brianna B
                                                                              Brianna B  5 days back

                                                                              @Shaun Cameron Maybe so, but I haven't seen any of them.

                                                                            • Shaun Cameron
                                                                              Shaun Cameron  5 days back

                                                                              Just like it attracted thousands of privileged Western socialist supporters and And America-haters.

                                                                          • P Star
                                                                            P Star  1 months back

                                                                            What if everyone stops working and drive taxis

                                                                            • David Kroell
                                                                              David Kroell  1 months back

                                                                              The state should never represent more than 45% of any economy. “The only economic success stories in the developing world are in those nations whose leaders chose free-market policies and rejected the siren call of socialism.” - Richard Nixon

                                                                            • ACID ETERNITY
                                                                              ACID ETERNITY  1 months back

                                                                              And an American college student with a full ride through college wants this.

                                                                              • Javabasily
                                                                                Javabasily  1 months back

                                                                                At least Cubans are better off than Venezuelans

                                                                              • максим перец
                                                                                максим перец  1 months back

                                                                                As like in Russia

                                                                                • Maja Nared
                                                                                  Maja Nared  1 months back

                                                                                  well that's why communism failed in every single place on Earth

                                                                                  • DL Laul
                                                                                    DL Laul  1 months back

                                                                                    Cuban's version of federal jobs guarantee

                                                                                    • Ferragamo Ghost
                                                                                      Ferragamo Ghost  1 months back


                                                                                      • Bryan Estrada
                                                                                        Bryan Estrada  1 months back

                                                                                        Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you, Communism.