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