Alexander Chaverri-Carvajal

University of Costa Rica

Alexander Chaverri-Carvajal

Alexander Chaverri-Carvajal is a professor at the University of Costa Rica. He holds a degree in Political Science and a master’s in public services and social policies. Also completed his Doctorate in Public Policy (PhD) at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain.

His primary focus has centered on public policies. In Costa Rica, Alex has been active in the public sector (Congress of the Republic, Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, National Council for Persons with Disabilities), participating in research and contributing to the monitoring and evaluation of public programmes and institutions.

Presently, he works as a consultant in four Central American and Caribbean countries, specialising in the formulation of policies pertaining to the ageing population and long-term care. His research interests span the realms of comparative social policy with a distinct emphasis on social protection for persons in need of care and informal caregivers.


Countries Costa Rica;
Topics Care inequalities; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; Unmet needs;
Methods Comparative policy analysis; Mixed methods; Policy analysis; Quantitative data analysis; Trials and other evaluations;
Role Research;
Research interests

I have concentrated in my research on long-term care systems in the global south, social support systems for older adults, and the social and economic determinants of ageing. I am particularly interested in understanding informal and familial care dynamics and exploring the value of unpaid care in the ageing population. I aim to enhance the quality and accessibility of care through innovative approaches. Simultaneously, my research addresses issues of discrimination and inequity, striving to promote inclusivity in health and long-term care services and supports.

Key publications

Chaverri-Carvajal, A., & Matus-López, M. (2023). Impact Evaluation of Cash-For-Care in Latin America’s New Long-Term Care Policies: A Randomized Controlled Trial Pilot Study in Costa Rica. Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society, 7334648231188284. Advance online publication.

Chaverri-Carvajal A, Matus-López M. Cuidados de larga duración en Costa Rica: enseñanzas para América Latina desde la evidencia internacional. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública. 2021; 45: e146.

Chaverri Carvajal A. Costa Rica y los cuidados de larga duración: las costuras revientan en tiempos de Covid-19. Sur Academia: Revista Académica-Investigativa De La Facultad Jurídica, Social Y Administrativa. 2020; 7(14): 44–55.

Chaverri-Carvajal A, Matus-López M. The long-term care system in Costa Rica. SFB 16 Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik 2021;1342.

Jara Maleš P, Matus-López M, Chaverri-Carvajal A. Tendencias y desafíos para conformar un sistema de cuidados de larga duración en Costa Rica; Nota Técnica IDB-TN 1878; Inter-American Development Bank: Washington, DC, USA. 2019.

Jara Maleš P, Chaverri-Carvajal A. Servicios de apoyo al cuidado en domicilio: Avances y desafíos para la atención de la dependencia en Costa Rica. Nota Técnica IDB-TN 2031; Inter-American Development Bank: Washington, DC, USA. 2020.

Matus-López M, Chaverri-Carvajal A. ¿Cuántos adultos mayores necesitarán atención a la dependencia en América Latina? Actas de Coordinación Sociosanitaria. 2022; 31(1), 74-94. Recuperado a partir de

Matus-Lopez M, Chaverri-Carvajal A. Population with Long-Term Care Needs in Six Latin American Countries: Estimation of Older Adults Who Need Help Performing ADLs. International Journal of Environmental Research Public Health. 2021; 18(15):7935.

Matus-López M, Chaverri-Carvajal A. Progress Toward Long-Term Care Protection in Latin America: A National Long-Term Care System in Costa Rica. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2022; 23(2):266-271.

Matus-Lopez M, Chaverri-Carvajal A, Jara Maleš P. O desafio de envelhecer na América Latina: cuidados prolongados na Costa Rica. Saúde E Sociedade. 2022; 31(1): e201078.