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The Reform of Property Registration Systems in Costa Rica. A Status Report

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  • Trackman, B.
  • Fisher, W.
  • Salas, L.

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Costa Rica is in the midst of a substantial reformation of its real-property registration system. The purpose of this paper is to provide the foundation for an analysis of how that reform process might be accelerated and improved. To that end, the paper describes the current condition of the Costa Rican registry and the changes that have been instituted to date. The Introduction and Section II review the origins and current status of the two primary existing registries -- he National Registry (RN) and its subsidiary, the Real Property Registry (RPBI). Section III describes their jurisdiction and structure. Section IV outlines the ways in which they are currently financed. Section V reviews the registries' principal functions and operations. Sections VI and VII catalogue the respects in which they are currently being reformed. Among the dimensions of change are: integration of the registries with an improved cadastre; improving on-line access to the registry records; and addressing the problems presented by adverse possessors and landless migrants. Section VIII considers the supplementary Finally, Section IX outlines the ways in which disputes that arise out of the registry process currently are being resolved.

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  • Trackman, B. & Fisher, W. & Salas, L., 1999. "The Reform of Property Registration Systems in Costa Rica. A Status Report," Papers 733, Harvard - Institute for International Development.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:harvid:733
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    1. de Laiglesia, Juan R., 2005. "Investment and credit effects of land titling and registration:," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Kiel 2005 10, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.

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    Keywords

    PROPERTY RIGHTS ; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES;

    JEL classification:

    • K11 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Property Law
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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