Henry Mora Jiménez

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Henry Mora Jiménez
Deputy and President, Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica
In office
Constituency Heredia, Costa Rica
Personal details
Born Costa Rica
Political party Citizens' Action Party
Profession Educator, economist, political activist

Henry Mora Jiménez is a Costa Rican economist and political activist. Mora is a member of the 2014-2018 Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica, serving with the Citizens' Action Party.

Education and early career[edit]

Mora earned a licentiate in economics at the University of Costa Rica with an emphases on statistics. From the National University of Costa Rica, Mora earned a Master's in political economics. He has postgraduate studies in Applied Economics at the Catholic University in Brabant (province) Netherlands. He earned a doctorate in Business and Economic Science from the Latin American University of Science and Technology in Costa Rica, and then studied as a post-doctorate in public goods at Tilburg University in Netherlands.[1]

Mora has taught at several universities, including the National University, University of Costa Rica, Latin American University of Science and Technology. He has been a visiting professor in several universities in Latin America and Europe.[1] Mora was also the Minister of National Planning and Economics.[1] Mora is a member of the Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Universidad Nacional (Situn) (Union of National University Workers), and has worked with the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados (ANEP) (National Association of Public and Private Employees).[2]


Mora has worked as a columnist for El País, a Costa Rican newspaper and several online blogs.[3] In addition, as a member of the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados (National Association of Private and Public Employees), Jiménez wrote columns highly critical of ex-president Laura Chinchilla and her economic plans.[4] In 2006, Mora came out against the Central American Free Trade Agreement.[4]

In addition, Mora is the co-author, along with Franz J. Hinkelammert, a German resident of Costa Rica, of the book "Hacia una economía para la vida" ("Toward an economy for life").[5] The book is highly critical of capitalism, saying that when profits are maximized, capital is accumulated and not shared. Instead, a more equitable and sustainable economy needs to take its place.[5] The book calls for a fundamental change in economic structure.[6]

Political career[edit]

In 2013, Mora became actively involved with PAC.[7] He was 54 years old when he was elected to represent PAC for Heredia.[7] PAC leaders said they would have Mora run for President of the Legislative Assembly when it convenes in May 2014.[8] On 1 May 2014, he was approved and became the second PAC President of the Legislative Assembly, after Juan Carlos Mendoza.[9] He said that his first order of business will be to delay a pay increase for legislative deputies,[10] and one of his first official meetings was with members of ANEP.[2]

Mora is still opposed to CAFTA, saying that it has produced no benefits for Costa Rica.[11] He claims that neoliberal policies have not helped the sectors of the economy that impact the most people's lives.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Ojo al Voto: Henry Manuel Mora Jiménez". non-profit media consortium voting guide (in Spanish). San Jose: Ojo al Voto. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Sequeira, Aarón (2 June 2014). "Sindicalismo gana voces en el Congreso e impulsa su agenda" (in Spanish). San Jose: La Nacion. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Columnista: Henry Mora Jiménez" (San Jose) (in Spanish). El Pais. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Jiménez, Henry (12 December 2014). "¿Por qué me opongo al "plan fiscal"?". Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Montalvo, Geovani (4 May 2012). "América Latina: Hacia una economía para la vida y la superación del esquema neoliberal". Tercera Información (in Spanish). San Jose. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ante amenazas del capitalismo, urge cambio estructural en la economía, señala Henry Mora". La Jornada Michoacana (in Spanish). Michoacan, Mexico. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Agencia/Redacción (29 September 2013). "Economista Henry Mora liderará papeleta legislativa del PAC en Heredia". Costa Rica Hoy (in Spanish). San Jose. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Sequeira, Aarón (24 April 2014). "Dos opositores dan pelea al PAC por la presidencia del Congreso" (in Spanish). San Jose. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Rupturas y últimos amarres complicaron elección de presidente legislativo La Nación, 2014-05-01 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Sequeira, Aarón (2 May 2014). "Henry Mora: ‘No daremos partidas del presupuesto a ningún diputado’". La Nacion (in Spanish). San Jose. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Ocaru (11 November 2013). "TLC con Estados Unidos no ha dado beneficios a Costa Rica" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 13 May 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.