International economist residing in Falls Church, Virginia. He has studied and written about the Cuban economy for several decades. His fields of specialization include national accounts, economic growth patterns, international trade and investment, energy, the sugar industry, and labor and environmental issues. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books and numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes dealing with aspects of the Cuban economy as well as with international economic relations and labor standards.
From 1974 to 2005, Mr. Pérez-López worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs. At the time of his departure from the Department of Labor, he was Director of the Office of International Economic Policy. From 2005 to 2013, he was affiliated with the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a multi-stakeholder organization that combines the efforts of business, civil society organizations, and colleges and universities to promote and protect workers’ rights and to improve working conditions globally through adherence to international standards, serving as Executive Director from 2006 to 2013.
Currently is one of the leading consultants in The Havana Consulting Group.
His book-length publications on Cuba include Cuba Under Raúl Castro: Assessing the Reforms, Lynne Rienner Publisher, 2013 (with Carmelo Mesa-Lago);
Corruption in Cuba: Castro and Beyond, University of Texas Press, 2006 (with Sergio Díaz-Briquets); Reinventing the Cuban Sugar Agroindustry, Lexington Books, 2005 (co-edited with José Alvarez); Conquering Nature: The Environmental Legacy of Socialism in Cuba, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000 (with Sergio Díaz-Briquets); Cuba's Second Economy: From Behind the Scenes to Center Stage, Transaction Publishers, 1995; and The Economics of Cuban Sugar, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1991. He is also the editor of Cuba in Transition, the proceedings of the annual meetings of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE).