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Expenditure on regulated public services of the households of Costa Rica in the year 2013

Gabriel Jesús Villalobos-Rosales

Revista de Ciencias Económicas, 2018, vol. 36, issue 2

Abstract: This paper studies through a descriptive and cluster analysis the expenditure on regulated public services of Costa Rican households, whose regulation corresponds to the Public Services Regulatory Authority (Aresep) and the Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel). Based on the 2013 National Survey of Income and Expenses of the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), a total monthly expenditure on regulated public services of households is estimated at 148 milliard colones. The behavior of this expenditure varies mainly between planning regions and income level of households, but not by area (urban and rural). The impact of this expenditure on household income is greater in rural areas, peripheral planning regions and households with fewer resources. Using a cluster analysis, specifically k-means, five groups of households are identified, which are distinguished mainly by the monthly expenditure they make on public transport and fuels.

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Date: 2018
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