IDEAS LABS

IDEAS LABS

San José, Costa Rica

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ABOUT

The mission of IDEAS Labs is to promote the strategic use of knowledge to design free market–oriented solutions for local, national, and regional problems, and promote more effective collaboration and discussion forums to achieve the successful implementation of those solutions in Latin America.

Major programs for this organization include: General Index of Business Costs; Crystal House; Where Is the Money?; IDEAS National Policy Workshops; IDEAS Club

IN THE NEWS

ELIMINATING LUXURY PENSIONS | TFA FINALIST—IDEAS LABS, LUIS LORIA

More than one million Costa Ricans live in poverty, so how do its leaders justify the “luxury pensions” of a few thousand people who receive, on average, nearly forty-five hundred U.S. dollars a month? Luis Loria, president of Ideas Labs in Costa Rica tells of their success in educating the general public on how luxury pensions...

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IDEAS LABS NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

More than one million Costa Ricans—almost 20 percent of the country’s population—live in poverty while almost ten thousand receive “luxury pensions.” This privileged group, dubbed “Ticos Con Coronas” (or “Costa Ricans with Crowns”), receive an average monthly pension of US$4,495, with some receiving as much as US$24,000 per mont...

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PERC NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

Protecting endangered species is a fairly uncontroversial policy issue. While the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) has helped to prevent 99 percent of listed species from going extinct, only two percent of those species have ever recovered their populations to warrant no longer being listed. To improve this poor track record...

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CELEBRATING THE TRANSLATION OF “POVERTY & FREEDOM” INTO FIVE LANGUAGES

"Poverty & Freedom," edited by Atlas Network President Matt Warner, has been translated into French, Greek, Hindi, Spanish, and Ukrainian—an exciting step in empowering local leaders to employ local solutions to solve problems in their communities. The book offers first-hand examples of the positive impact pro-market think tanks...

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IDEAS LABS WINS 2020 LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY AWARD

Costa Rican think tank IDEAS Labs has won the 2020 Latin America Liberty Award for their #TicosConCorona” initiative, which has successfully slashed luxury pensions in the Central American nation. Luis Loria, founding president of IDEAS Labs, accepted the award during Latin America Liberty Forum on May 28.

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COSTA RICA CUTS ITS LUXURY PENSION SCHEME

The Costa Rican Legislature recently approved a bill that will cut luxury pensions to over 4,000 retirees. The bill takes aim at a group of pensioners dubbed “Ticos Con Coronas,” (Costa Ricans with Crowns) who receive an average monthly pension of US$4,495, with some receiving more than US$24,000 per month. Instituto de Desarrol...

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DOING DEVELOPMENT DIFFERENTLY: LUIS DIEGO | COSTA RICA

Soto, who founded San José-based Turrones de Costa Rica (with brand name Turrones Doré), took his first steps as an entrepreneur out of necessity when his family found themselves in financial turmoil. To make ends meet, just after finishing high school, he started a business selling his homemade nougats door-to-door. People love...

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13,000 COSTA RICANS SAY NO TO LUXURY PENSION SYSTEMS

More than one million Costa Ricans — almost 20 percent of the country’s population — live in poverty while almost ten thousand receive “luxury pensions.” According to Atlas Network partner Instituto de Desarrollo Empresarial y Accion Social (the Institute of Business Development and Social Action, or IDEAS), a group of pensioner...

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UN-CONFERENCE SESSION BRINGS WORKSHOP ATMOSPHERE TO LIBERTY FORUM

Conference presentations are too often one-sided, with a speaker and a crowd of listeners who don’t interact much apart from perhaps a few token exchanges during a Q&A session. Atlas Network sought to introduce an innovative format at the 2015 Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner by hosting an Un-Conference session, which brings a wor...

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ATLAS NETWORK PARTNERS SELECTED FOR LEVERAGING INDICES GRANT

To achieve tangible, real-world impact in the think tank world, measuring the outcomes and results of our work is a key ingredient of the equation. In order advance this goal, Atlas Network has proposed using reputable international rankings or indices and then objectively assessing the results of think tanks’ work as they try t...

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