Comparison paper Name Institution Date Costa Rica Vs Mexico The Republic of Costa Rica is a Central American country which borders Panama to South East Nicaragua to the North the Caribbean Sea to the East and Pacific Ocean to its West. Costa Rica’s population stands at 4.5 million. Nearly a quarter of this population lives in Metropolitan area of San Jose the nation’s capital City which is also the largest city in the nation. Mexico on the other hand is a federal republic located in the Southern section of North America. The United States borders Mexico to the south while the Pacific Ocean borders it to the West. Mexico covers around 2 million square kilometers a clear indication that it is a very large nation. As a matter of fact Mexico is sixth largest nation in the Americas while it is the 13th largest country in the world. From people working in the agricultural and informal sectors. In addition financial outsourcing pharmaceuticals ecotourism and software development have become primes industries to the economy of Costa Rica. Unlike Costa Rica Mexico is classified as an upper middle-class income nation. This is an indication that most jobs created in Mexico are in the industrial sector. Despite Mexico’s progress its disparity between the extreme rich and extreme poor is very high. For instance the average annual income of Mexicans in the middle class is around $23 845 while that of the poor living in rural areas is around $8 865. This is unlike in Costa Rica where the disparity between the rich and poor is not high. References Egmond A. N. F. (2007). Understanding western tourists in developing countries. Cambridge MA: CABI Pub. Green J. (2006). Mexico. Chicago Ill: Raintree. Kaiser J. & Lourie S. (2015). Costa Rica: The complete guide. [...]
In this assignment, you are required to compare two different countries and the geographical impacts of the broader scale changes that are occurring. (My preferred countries are Costa Rica and Mexico, but any 2 countries will do) Latin America is undergoing profound political and economic change at the outset of the 21st century, but it is playing out in very different ways around the region. You may choose countries like Colombia and Mexico that have not been so quick to embrace the anti-globalization stance now common throughout the region and how one of them compares to more aggressively transforming countries like Venezuela or Bolivia. I suggest that you select 2 countries that are of most interest to you as I’m sure they will have quite a bit to discuss. You must choose at least two themes to use as a basis for comparison. Themes discussed in your text are perfectly acceptable but feel free to discuss themes not discussed in the book. A few themes areas that you should focus on: -the political/economic stance of leaders, i.e. what they say they are going to do -social programs implemented -urban v. rural differences -changes in agricultural regions (products grown, exported, imported) -types of employment (where and what types of jobs are being created) -neighborhood change (where and what types of change are occurring; poor vs. rich areas) -role of tourism/different types of tourism and where its growing most rapidly -the role of sport, music or any other type of culture (food, clothing, etc) - and any others you may come across You can find info from country websites, newspapers, guide books, videos, and academic articles. The final paper must be AT LEAST 5 pages, not including bibliography.