Publication: Opportunities for Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Costa Rica: World Bank Poverty and Inequality Assessment
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The purpose of this poverty assessment is to shine a new light on poverty, inequality, and its drivers in Costa Rica. The report provides a descriptive overview of poverty trends in the country and examines why the poorest do not reap the benefits of economic growth. It provides high-level policy directions, i.e., areas that merit a high level of attention according to the results of the analysis and broad implications of the findings for policy makers. The report should be interpreted as a contribution to the debate within Costa Rica on how to improve the country’s model of growth for the benefit of all. It is important to mention at the outset that the analysis presented in this report was completed at the time the conflict in Ukraine started. The conflict is expected to have substantial repercussions in Costa Rica and the rest of the Latin America region. The conflict is expected to hit the poorest hardest, as food and fuel – the prices of which are expected to increase due to the conflict – make up a large part of their consumption. However, these possible implications of the conflict are not reflected in the report.
“World Bank. 2022. Opportunities for Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Costa Rica: World Bank Poverty and Inequality Assessment. © Washington, DC: World Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/38051 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”