The BBC cites a scientific article entitled “Goodbye to arms: the effects on the long-term development of the abolition of the Costa Rican army.” In this it is stated that, thanks to the permanent suspension of the army, Costa Rica grew an average of 2.28% annually, compared to a 1.42% projected in the same period in the scenario of having maintained the military forces.
There are other advantages, too. For example, Colombia spends 3.7 per cent and Guatemala 0.4 per cent of their GDP on their militarie whereas that money could be put to use elsewhere, in development, education, tourism, conservation.
Moreover, Costa Rica, for example, has set itself the ambitious target of becoming the world’s first carbon neutral country by 2021, but the most important outcome is that there is a culture more inclined to civilian rule and peaceful conflict settlement.
So as you can see, Costa Rica is always looking forward to peace and peaceful solutions.