Exploring the Impact of Neoliberal Economic Development on Poverty in Costa Rica: What Went Wrong?

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Title: Exploring the Impact of Neoliberal Economic Development on Poverty in Costa Rica: What Went Wrong?
Author: Lubliner, Paul Brandon
Abstract: Neoliberal economic development has in many ways hindered poverty reduction in Latin America. Costa Rica is a prime example of this. As one of the least poor countries in the region, Costa Rica might be seen as evidence of the success of neoliberal economic development. However, such a perception is generally misleading. In Costa Rica, neoliberal economic policies leave many people poor through uneven growth. In fact, the most significant neoliberal economic reforms in this country are on balance aggravating poverty levels. Ultimately, however, in its attempts to reduce poverty in an atmosphere of increasing neoliberal globalization, Costa Rica should continue to liberalize select aspects of its economy while strengthening social services for the poor and vulnerable. At the same time, the state should try to link these disadvantaged people into fruitful niches of the international and domestic economies while simultaneously increasing their social and political participation in development. Ultimately, in order for economic development to complement poverty reduction, the state, as a democratic entity, should have more rather than less control over the economy than is currently the case.
Description: 89 p. A THESIS Presented to the Department of Romance Languages and the Clark Honors College of the University of Oregon in partial fulfillment of the requirements for degree of Bachelor of Arts, Spring 2006.A print copy of this title is available through the UO Libraries under the call number: SCA Archiv Storage Lubliner 2006
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/2746
Date: 2006-05

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