Social Development and Public Policy

pp 277-322

Achieving and Sustaining Social Development with Limited Resources: The Experience of Costa Rica

  • Carmelo Mesa-Lago


In 1993, Costa Rica ranked eighth among the 20 nations of Latin America in terms of per capita GDP (World Bank, 1995a), but it ranked first in terms of social indicators (UNDP, 1995). The life expectancy of its population was the highest in the region, and its poverty incidence and unemployment rate were the lowest.