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

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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