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Property Rights Index - Costa Rica Compared to Latin America

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Uruguay 70
Chile 68
Colombia 64
Panama 61
Peru 58
Mexico 58
Brazil 55
Costa Rica 52
El Salvador 45
Suriname 45
Guatemala 45
Honduras 45
Ecuador 39
Paraguay 38
Guyana 38
Argentina 32
Nicaragua 31
Bolivia 26
Venezuela 7

Costa Rica: Property rights index

A subcomponent of the Index of Economic Freedom, the property rights index measures the degree to which a countrys laws protect private property rights, and the degree to which its government enforces those laws.

Higher scores are more desirable, i.e. property rights are better protected. Scores are from 0 to 100.

The index also assesses the likelihood that private property will be expropriated and analyzes the independence of the judiciary, the existence of corruption within the judiciary, and the ability of individuals and businesses to enforce contracts.

The Global Property Guide considers protection of property rights as a significant factor affecting the desirability of a residential real estate investment.

Source: The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal


Costa Rica does not publish house price statistics. The Banco Central de Costa Rica has general statistics on production, employment, business confidence, the country's fiscal position, etc. The Instituto Nacional de Estad'stica y Censos has rather basic web pages. The Ministerio de Hacienda de la Republica de Costa Rica has quite a creditable-looking set of pages, but some of the actual data is very old.