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Old 06-07-2018, 11:14 PM
 
Location: 'greater' Buffalo, NY
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Panama. We need a poll!
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Old 06-08-2018, 01:16 AM
 
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The 9 biggest economies in North America are :
Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, and the United States
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Old 06-08-2018, 01:24 AM
 
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Cuba.
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:01 AM
 
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The question from the OP is which country is 4th now, not in 30 years.

From 2013 to 2015 the DR gdp went from $61 billion to $68 billion. Cuba went from $77 billion to $87 billion. Panama is $56 billion.
Stop using Wikipedia as a source. According to the world bank, the CIA and the IMF, DR is the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central America and the ninth in Latin america. and even if DR has a largest economy I dont think it beats Panama in importance....Cuba is irrelevant.
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:09 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Quebec. it is a nation within a nation.
Then I'll say California
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Kansas/China
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Stop using Wikipedia as a source. According to the world bank, the CIA and the IMF, DR is the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central America and the ninth in Latin america.
Actually, that was from google. But you’re right it doesn’t seem accurate. According to the CIA DR is $177 billion and Cuba is $133 billion. Guatemala is the second largest economy in the region, which surprised me. Cuba is third.
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:41 AM
 
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Prominent is the wrong word as there is such a massive dropoff from 3rd to 4th (who is 2nd and 3rd BTW? Where do Mexico and Canada rank in regards to each other) that 4th place doesn't have nearly the influence that word prominent implies...remember these countries tend to follow their old colonial ties so English speaking Caribbean islands for example, look to the Anglo world and are not influenced by Cuba and the DR in the way that outsiders would think by looking at GDP rankings...on the other hand, French Haiti is definitely influenced by the DR...I would imagine CA countries are just as influenced by massive Mexico as they are by each other so I don't think a clear leader stands out although Panama definitely is more interconnected with global business...if I had to pick I would say the DR because Cuba has been so marginalized but there really is no solid choice there
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:55 AM
 
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Prominent is the wrong word as there is such a massive dropoff from 3rd to 4th (who is 2nd and 3rd BTW? Where do Mexico and Canada rank in regards to each other) that 4th place doesn't have nearly the influence that word prominent implies...remember these countries tend to follow their old colonial ties so English speaking Caribbean islands for example, look to the Anglo world and are not influenced by Cuba and the DR in the way that outsiders would think by looking at GDP rankings...on the other hand, French Haiti is definitely influenced by the DR...I would imagine CA countries are just as influenced by massive Mexico as they are by each other so I don't think a clear leader stands out although Panama definitely is more interconnected with global business...if I had to pick I would say the DR because Cuba has been so marginalized but there really is no solid choice there
Exactly, GDP is not the best measure to use to calculate the importance of a country or its relevancy in global affairs. GDP does matter but how integrated that economy is to the global economy is also as important.
how many corporations have regional headquarters in Havana vs Panama city? what airline manages a HUB from Havana vs panama? who has better air connection Cuba or DR? Who receives more tourist?

Panama, Santo Domingo, San Juan and Managua are all Beta- cities or "cities that link moderate economic regions to the world economy". Havana is not even in the list because "lack of sufficiency".

Those are the questions to be asked, not the cold war propaganda regurgitated on the internet.
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