Costa Rica: Distribuir los beneficios del crecimiento más ampliamente

Por Sonia Araujo y Lisa Meehan, Sección de Costa Rica, Departamento de Economía de la OCDE La economía de Costa Rica es sólida y continúa convergiendo hacia los niveles de vida de los países miembros de la OCDE (Figura 1). Si bien la productividad ha repuntado recientemente, sigue habiendo una gran brecha con respecto a … More Costa Rica: Distribuir los beneficios del crecimiento más ampliamente

Costa Rica: Sharing the benefits of growth more widely

By Sonia Araujo and Lisa Meehan, Costa Rica Desk, OECD Economics Department Costa Rica’s economy is strong and continues to converge towards OECD living standards (Figure 1). Although productivity has picked up recently, a wide gap relative to the OECD remains. Employment rates are low and unemployment remains above pre-crisis levels, hitting predominantly youth and … More Costa Rica: Sharing the benefits of growth more widely

Does everybody enjoy Pura Vida? Decomposing income inequality in Costa Rica

By Mabel Gabriel and Alberto Gonzalez Pandiella, OECD Economics Department Despite strong economic growth, Costa Rica’s income inequality has increased in the past decade, in stark contrast with other Latin American countries (OECD, 2016 and González Pandiella and Gabriel, 2017). What explains this? A decomposition of income inequality by income sources reveals, surprisingly, that public … More Does everybody enjoy Pura Vida? Decomposing income inequality in Costa Rica

Mind the gapS: boost early childcare education and care in Costa Rica

By Alberto González Pandiella, Economist, SDD, OECD Economics Department Costa Rican well-being indicators are comparable or even above the OECD average in several dimensions (OECD, 2016a). Nevertheless, gaps with OECD countries are large in two dimensions:  labour market participation and education.  This hampers both long-term growth prospects and equity.  Boosting early childcare education and care … More Mind the gapS: boost early childcare education and care in Costa Rica

Tackling the three main challenges in Costa Rica: fiscal reform, reverting the slowdown in productivity and reducing inequality

By Paula Garda and Mauro Pisu, Country Studies Branch, OECD Economics Department Costa Rica’s economic, social and environmental achievements are impressive. It has succeeded in combining rising living standards, virtually universal health care, pension and primary education systems with sustainable use of natural resources. Incomes per capita have nearly doubled in real terms over the … More Tackling the three main challenges in Costa Rica: fiscal reform, reverting the slowdown in productivity and reducing inequality