Studies of the Costa Rican Model I: Peace, Health and Development in Costa Rica
Rosero Bixby, Luis
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Costa Ricans have cultivated peace and democracy for decades. They have also achieved outstanding levels of health. Their economic well-being is not so good, however. The 1949 constitution abolished the armed forces in this small Central American country. By 1990, life expectancy at birth was over 75 years - a figure similar to those of Germany or the USA. In contrast, per capita gross national product (GNP) was about a tenth that in the USA or Japan and slightly below the Latin American average. This paper explores the connections between peace, development and health achievements in Costa Rica.
Capítulo de libro -- Universidad de Costa Rica, Instituto de Investigaciones en Salud. 1993