Why Cuban cab drivers earn more than doctors

  • Published on:  10/26/2015
  • In Cuba, cab drivers are the one percentHelp us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab. It gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with all the Vox creators, a badge that levels up over time, and video extras bringing you closer to our work! Learn more at http://bit.ly/video-labCuba’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.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o


  • Mr. Magnificent
    Mr. Magnificent 10 months ago+3619

    Doctors hate him!
    Find out how this cab driver makes more money than any doctor with this one simple trick!!!

  • Andrew Jack
    Andrew Jack 5 months ago+3604

    If you have $300 in your bank account, you are part of cubas 1%

  • Nasra Milosc
    Nasra Milosc 5 months ago+2286

    A doctor makes $40 per month?? As in $1.42 per day? Someone explain?

  • TheHvk
    TheHvk 9 months ago+4763

    Just rename this video to "Why Communism doesn't work."

  • Chuck McDougall
    Chuck McDougall 3 years ago+8555

    This channel is so much better than buzzfeed

  • JM - 11ZZ - Mayfield SS (2452)

    Am I the only one seeing this illigal black market as an underground capitalist economy? Like it's funny that communism works so bad that the citizens are doing capitalism themselves

  • Carlos Suarez
    Carlos Suarez 5 months ago+806

    My dad was a doctor in cuba and made $15 a month. Comparable to a bus driver.

  • jgjtsngh
    jgjtsngh 4 months ago+871

    that private restaurant meal looks so good. 👌

  • Thomas Harris
    Thomas Harris 3 months ago+479

    Not stating my opinion, but this is the most conservative vox video lol

  • poochie49
    poochie49 3 months ago+418

    As a Canadian I visited Cuba in 2017. Believe me this is all 100% true. Highly educated but totally underutilized. They still have signs all over the place "Viva la Revolution". Like they really need to be reminded of this economic disaster.

  • ツViktør
    ツViktør 2 months ago+250

    rob the national bank of cuba and the whole country goes broke

  • Admiral Aokiji
    Admiral Aokiji 1 months ago+145

    A person that pollutes the air gets more money than a person saves lives??

    CΩΠSPIRΔCΨ THΣΩRIST 4 months ago+270

    Wait $40 a month!!!
    Why do they study then!!!
    I N S A N E

  • Candy for Breakfast
    Candy for Breakfast 3 years ago+2740

    Vox, if you guys wanted you could kill vice. Just go for it.

  • Artificial Idiot
    Artificial Idiot 8 months ago+54

    Doctors become taxi drivers
    Electric engineers become barbers
    and Acountants become cooks

  • Beats By Neech
    Beats By Neech 4 months ago+148

    In america i clean toilets but in el salvador im basically like buzz aldren

  • Jonathan_407
    Jonathan_407 yesterday+1

    Would you rather go watch the WNBA finals or rob Cuba’s national bank.

  • Ghnan Rohit
    Ghnan Rohit 4 months ago+206

    Meanwhile in India even with captalism we have engineer graduates working as taxi drivers

  • lucy girl
    lucy girl 7 days ago+20

    $2 per day for a nurse!!! US hospitals charge 10 times that for 2 advils!

  • GamerGodYT
    GamerGodYT 2 months ago+85

    Asian kid: Dad I wanna be an actor.