The IPPL carries out various events for discussion and analysis of public policies.


1. Reduction of Poverty: What are the lessons of compared experience? 21/7/2016

In Costa Rica, one out of every five people is poor. Since the 90s, each administration has implemented policies to reduce poverty and all of them, till now, have failed.

Join us and learn how other countries have implemented successful policies to reduce poverty in a sustainable and responsible way.


Previous Events

1. How to face youth unemployment, 6/9/2016

Get information on the implications for our country of joining the group of countries with a high level of development.

2. Proposals to Improve our State Effectiveness, 26/5/16

Learn of the proposals of these projects: “CERRAR” (by Ottón Solís) and “Govern without excuses” (by Otto Guevara).

Studies have shown that the Costa Rican State suffers a serious problem of design, over-regulation and institutional excess, which results in hindering the effectiveness of government administration. 


3. The Process of Costa Rica Joining the OECD: How far are we from the developed countries?, 4/21/2016

Get information on the implications for our country of joining the group of countries with a high level of development.


4. "International Seminar, Open Parliament in Costa Rica" Part 1 - Part 2, 03/10/2016 

Join the dialogue between the Legislative Assembly Directorate, the School of International Relations of ULACIT, international experts, and representatives of civil society, about the openness and transparency of the Legislative Assembly.

Big Data Visual Analytics: Special Commissions of the Legislative Assembly (1986-2014).


5. The sugar market in Costa Rica, free or monopolistic?, 2/4/2016

There is a pending debate about the historical regulation of this market, which has generated conditions that hinder new economic actors from participating. This particularity of the market – that some call monopolistic – affects the quality of life of the population, especially of people with lower income, whose diet is largely made up of this product and its derivatives.

A forum on this issue was held with Economist Eli Feinzaig, the Chairman of the Consumers Association of Costa Rica, Erick Ulate, and the General Manager of the In-bond Assembly Plant La Lama. Unfortunately, it was not possible to have a representation from the Government.



"A people who does not know its history cannot understand the present nor build the future”. Helmut Kohl.

For this reason, and in our current turbulent world, Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez, ex-President of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize winner, gave the inaugural speech for the 2016 school year, the purpose of which was to remember the protagonist role that Costa Rica has had in the pacification of Central America.

Dr. Arias Sánchez spoke with ULACIT students based on the documentary “Una Hora para la Paz (One hour for Peace)”, and discussed details not yet known or studied about in the Esquipulas Peace Process.


7. "Should Costa Rica evolve towards parliamentarism in order to improve the quality of its democracy?" 05/11/2015

It has been said for over two decades that there is a problem of “governance” in Costa Rica, setting forth the need to rethink our presidential political system, to evolve towards some kind of parliamentarism. It has been said that this would be a way to improve the quality of our democracy, especially with regard to decision making.

The Commission of Notables summoned by exPresident Laura Chinchilla recommended exploring reforms in this sense, to respond better to a new and complex political reality in the country. The aim is to unblock governmental actions, so that it may respond with greater effectiveness to the growing demands of the country. To debate on this issue the IPL held a forum with experts such as Rodolfo Piza, Doctor in Constitutional Law, and exPresidential candidate of the PUSC, Manrique Jiménez, Doctor in Constitutional Law and university professor, and Claudio Alpízar, a widely consulted political scientist.


8. "Innovative solutions to old problems: how to start up the country again” 10/28/2015

In this lecture, Eli Feinzaig, offers a set of novel solutions for the problems that Costa Rica has been facing for several decades, without any intelligent solutions in sight yet, based on successful experiences on the international stage. In this lecture, innovative ideas were discussed to start up Costa Rica again, in order to allow us to overcome our current stagnation.

Eli Feinzaig is a prominent economist, a graduate of University of Illinois, with a Master’s degree in Economics and Public Policies from the University of Illinois, an MBA in Finance from the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, and a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Costa Rica. He has occupied various positions in academia, government, and the private sector.