Costa Rica

Basic country data

  • Population 60 and over (2018)
  • 698,683
  • % of total
  • 14.1%
  • Population 60 and over (2050)
  • 1,758,543
  • % of total
  • 35.5%
  • Total pension coverage*
  • 69%
  • Type of contributory pension
  • Social insurance and individual account system
  • Does the country have a social pension?
  • Yes
  • Region
  • Latin America & Caribbean
  • Income group
  • Upper middle income

% of older people (65+) receiving a pension, by type

Data on social pensions

Programa Regimen No Contributivo

Basic scheme information

Data on social pensions

  • Name of pension or programme
  • Programa Regimen No Contributivo
  • Year first social pension introduced
  • 1974
  • Legislative Underpinning
  • Article 2 of Law 5662 "Desarrollo Social y Asignaciones Familiares" 1974, modified in 2009 (Law 8783)

2012

Government of Costa Rica: Información que usted debe conocer sobre el Programa Régimen No Contributivo (Webpage) (Spanish)

Eligibility criteria

  • Age of eligibility
  • 65
  • Targeting approach
  • Means-tested
  • Detailed eligibility criteria
  • Not living with anyone receiving the non-contributory pension, and with a per capita income below the stated amount. Owning no property with the exception of personal residence in which case it must be no bigger than 400 square feet (urban areas) or 1000 square feet (rural areas). Age of eligbility is reduced to 55 for widows in economic distress or with children aged between 18 and 21.
  • References and notes

2010

Social Assistance in Developing Countries Database: Version 5.0

Adequacy

2015

Non-contributory pensions in Costa Rica (Spanish)

Coverage

2015

Non-contributory pensions in Costa Rica (Spanish)

Cost

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