Talk:Economy of Panama
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Why is the percentage below the poverty line not applicable? Superm401 01:40, 10 Dec 2004 (UTC)
There's a difference now.
The poverty percentage for Panama was a 1999 estimate, at that time, Panama had a medium HDI and an lower middle income classification, with low standards of living. Today, Panama has a high HDI and a low level of inequality 48.5 (compared to other countries) and is also experiencing a new period of great growth.
Since highly developed countries such as Costa Rica take in mind only the extreme poverty (this since the rest of the relatively poor population has now reached the "medium class" international requirement.) and do not take in mind past measures before reaching a high Human Development.
The source I placed on the main page specifies Panama's extreme poverty level, which reaches 16,6, and since Panama has a high HDI AND THE RELATIVE POVERTY DOES NOT COUNT! Panama now has 16.6 % of poor people, just look at the San Isidro shantytown (Caserio Brujo). It isn't a shantytown anymore.
- Well, since it has no source on this page, its considered OR. I reinstated the percentage according to a reliable source (even though the percentage was from 1999). Unless you find another reliable source, the percentage should stay as is. -- 20:47, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
This page needs to be edited so it at least reaches the level of idiomatic English. This section stands out: GDP growth for 2000 was about 2.3% compared to 3.0% in 1999. Panama has the third highest GDP per capita in Central America and the poverty rate was estimated to have been 16.6% in 2004, a level which only Chile gets to be lower, however, the estimate counts only food and income poverty, but household poverty is amounted up to 40.5%, this is since most of the sufferers of this problem are frequently restricted with housing due to vandalism and natural disasters which force families to move from a place to the other to evade the inclemence of these catastrophes and to seek a safe place where they can stablish their homes. The unemployment rate stands at 7.2%.
That aside, it's pretty incoherent and strange ("frequently restricted with housing due to vandalism"), not to mention out of date. Panama is an increasingly important country. It deserves better.Wfriar (talk) 22:34, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
18.104.22.168 (talk) 23:16, 4 March 2013 (UTC) according to this website, which is very through, it seems that recently Panama's largest export has become antibiotics by a very large margin.  This is listed under products of the chemical or allied industries and then under organic chemicals. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 23:14, 4 March 2013 (UTC)
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