Costa Rica


  • 11-April-2018

    English

    OECD Economic Survey of Costa Rica launches Tuesday 17 April 2018

    The latest OECD Economic Survey of Costa Rica, to be published on Tuesday 17 April, analyses the factors behind the country’s impressive economic and social progress, as well as the challenges remaining to making growth more robust and more inclusive.

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  • 11-April-2018

    Spanish

    La OCDE publicará su Estudio Económico sobre Costa Rica el martes 17 de abril de 2018

    El último Estudio Económico de la OCDE sobre Costa Rica, que se publicará el martes 17 de abril, analiza los factores subyacentes al impresionante avance social y económico del país, así como las dificultades persistentes para conseguir un crecimiento más sólido e inclusivo.

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  • 18-December-2017

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    Continuous Reporting System on International Migration in the Americas (SICREMI)

    SICREMI is an initiative of the Organization of American States (OAS) that aims to contribute to the promotion and development of public policies that lead to improved migration management in the Americas through the facilitation of dialogue, cooperation, institutional strengthening and access to information.

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  • 22-November-2017

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    OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Costa Rica 2017

    This report puts forward policy recommendations for strengthening the performance and sustainability of the health care system in Costa Rica. There is much to praise in Costa Rica’s health care system: institutional stability; a closely integrated but well-differentiated provider arm, with strong primary care; a degree of inter-sectoral co-ordination that serves as a model of good practice; detailed and effective dialogue between users and health service managers; and, innovation around professional roles and the use of ICT that other health systems could learn from. All this leads to health outcomes on a par with several OECD economies. Nevertheless, serious strains are evident: spending is rising steeply, fuelled by salaries, fees and facility payments based on last year’s outlay. These spending increases are not always associated with improvement in services: waiting lists are excessively long and growing. The system is perhaps too stable: institutional rigidity and vested interests have stalled vital reforms, meaning that Costa Rica still lacks systematic application of DRGs and health technology assessment, despite attempts to bring them in.
  • 15-November-2017

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    How's life in Costa Rica?

    This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2017.

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  • 15-November-2017

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    ¿Cómo va la vida en Costa Rica?

    This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2017.

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  • 18-October-2017

    English

    Costa Rica has made major socio-economic progress but more efforts needed to reduce inequality and poverty

    Costa Rica enjoys relatively high life satisfaction levels, but should do more to develop a more inclusive and sustainable economy, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 18-October-2017

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    OECD Reviews of Labour Market and Social Policies: Costa Rica

    Costa Rica has recorded many social and economic achievements and currently enjoys one of the highest levels of well-being in the OECD. But progress has come to a standstill in most recent years and challenges have emerged along several social and labour market dimensions. Existing policies are outdated and no longer effective in today’s dynamic, export oriented economy which requires greater flexibility and more high skilled workers. How can Costa Rica better respond to the challenges of technological change and globalisation whilst minimising the transition costs it endures as it moves to a higher and a more sustainable path to inclusive growth? This report provides comprehensive analysis of Costa Rica’s policies and practices compared with best practice in the field of labour, social and migration from across the OECD and other countries in the Latin American region.  It contains several recommendations to tackle key challenges facing Costa Rica, including low labour utilisation, increasing inequality, high poverty and high-risk of economic exclusion especially of the low skilled and migrants.  This report will be of interest in Costa Rica as well as other countries looking to promote a more dynamic and an inclusive economy.
  • 18-October-2017

    English

    Costa Rica ha logrado un gran progreso socioeconómico, pero se requieren más esfuerzos para reducir la desigualdad y la pobreza

    Según un nuevo informe de la OCDE, Costa Rica disfruta de unos niveles relativamente altos de bienestar, pero debe seguir trabajando con miras a desarrollar una economía más inclusiva y sostenible.

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  • 31-August-2017

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    Champion Mayors meet in Merida

    The mayors of three cities (Mérida, Quillota and Curridabat) and their respective teams gathered in Mérida to sign an agreement of cooperation to share best practices aiming at reducing inequalities in their respective cities.

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