Adult Child Migration and the Health of Elderly Parents Left Behind in Mexico
University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics
January 14, 2010
American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 100, No. 2, 2010
This paper considers the relationship between adult child international migration and the health outcomes of elderly parents left behind in Mexico. Overall, the evidence suggests that having a migrant child is associated with a higher probability that the elderly parent in Mexico will be in poor physical and mental health. These results call into question the popular view that family members left behind in source countries undoubtedly benefit from the international migration of their relatives.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: elderly health, migration
JEL Classification: J14, O15, F22, I12Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 23, 2010 ; Last revised: March 27, 2010
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