Costa Rica - Short-term debt (% of total external debt)

Short-term debt (% of total external debt) in Costa Rica was 12.11 as of 2018. Its highest value over the past 48 years was 45.13 in 2008, while its lowest value was 8.24 in 1984.

Definition: Short-term debt includes all debt having an original maturity of one year or less and interest in arrears on long-term debt. Total external debt is debt owed to nonresidents repayable in currency, goods, or services. Total external debt is the sum of public, publicly guaranteed, and private nonguaranteed long-term debt, use of IMF credit, and short-term debt.

Source: World Bank, International Debt Statistics.

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Year Value
1970 12.81
1971 12.86
1972 13.03
1973 12.88
1974 13.00
1975 13.15
1976 13.21
1977 15.76
1978 15.93
1979 15.81
1980 20.10
1981 18.14
1982 20.67
1983 11.69
1984 8.24
1985 8.42
1986 10.13
1987 12.09
1988 12.99
1989 15.20
1990 10.01
1991 8.60
1992 8.84
1993 9.77
1994 10.27
1995 11.48
1996 10.92
1997 15.59
1998 17.58
1999 18.61
2000 20.51
2001 23.89
2002 29.67
2003 28.89
2004 29.29
2005 32.33
2006 33.68
2007 38.45
2008 45.13
2009 28.91
2010 29.81
2011 27.36
2012 20.29
2013 14.07
2014 11.90
2015 11.04
2016 9.99
2017 9.91
2018 12.11

Development Relevance: External debt is that part of the total debt in a country that is owed to creditors outside the country. The debtors can be the government, corporations or private households. The debt includes money owed to private commercial banks, other governments, or international financial institutions. External indebtedness affects a country's creditworthiness and investor perceptions. Nonreporting countries might have outstanding debt with the World Bank, other international financial institutions, or private creditors. Total debt service is contrasted with countries' ability to obtain foreign exchange through exports of goods, services, primary income, and workers' remittances. Debt ratios are used to assess the sustainability of a country's debt service obligations, but no absolute rules determine what values are too high. Empirical analysis of developing countries' experience and debt service performance shows that debt service difficulties become increasingly likely when the present value of debt reaches 200 percent of exports. Still, what constitutes a sustainable debt burden varies by country. Countries with fast-growing economies and exports are likely to be able to sustain higher debt levels. Various indicators determine a sustainable level of external debt, including: a) debt to GDP ratio b) foreign debt to exports ratio c) government debt to current fiscal revenue ratio d) share of foreign debt e) short-term debt f) concessional debt in the total debt stock

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data on external debt are gathered through the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System (DRS). Long term debt data are compiled using the countries report on public and publicly guaranteed borrowing on a loan-by-loan basis and private non guaranteed borrowing on an aggregate basis. These data are supplemented by information from major multilateral banks and official lending agencies in major creditor countries. Short-term debt data are gathered from the Quarterly External Debt Statistics (QEDS) database, jointly developed by the World Bank and the IMF and from creditors through the reporting systems of the Bank for International Settlements. Debt data are reported in the currency of repayment and compiled and published in U.S. dollars. End-of-period exchange rates are used for the compilation of stock figures (amount of debt outstanding), and projected debt service and annual average exchange rates are used for the flows. Exchange rates are taken from the IMF's International Financial Statistics. Debt repayable in multiple currencies, goods, or services and debt with a provision for maintenance of the value of the currency of repayment are shown at book value.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual


Topic: Economic Policy & Debt Indicators

Sub-Topic: External debt