Helping the Inefficient Means Punishing Good Businesspeople

In Costa Rica a law has been proposed that would benefit tourism businesses suffering from financial problems - caused by the 2008 crisis!! -, readjusting their debts and repurchasing and returning their lost assets.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Beyond the dark aspects of the bill - among them that it is not known who the beneficiaries are - its purpose seems rude and unfair to entrepreneurs who managed to overcome the crisis of the last decade through proper management and undoubtedly a lot of sacrifice, and who today have healthy companies.

"Helping" entrepreneurs who one way or another were less efficient than others in their management, creates distortions in the market, allowing for prices and conditions to be offered giving recipients an advantage over those who are not receiving such assistance.

If you want to help tourism, the "help" - which whatever form it comes in is always paid for from taxpayers pockets - should be granted to all operators, without distinguishing between those who were effective in the management of their companies, and those who were not. The opposite is corporate handouts, which is not acceptable in a free enterprise economy.

A healthy corporate culture of a country is demonstrated by determination and ability to adapt in the face of adversity, not the practice of holding out a hand to beg help from other people: good entrepreneurs with the ability to pay taxes, and - one way or another - all citizens regardless of their economic status.

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