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The Impact of the Progresa/Oportunidades Conditional Cash Transfer Program on Health and Related Outcomes for the Aging in Mexico


Jere Behrman


University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

Susan Parker


Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) - Division of Economics

October 7, 2011

PIER Working Paper No. 11-032

Abstract:     
Conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs link public transfers to human capital investment in hopes of alleviating current poverty and reducing its intergenerational transmission. Whereas nearly all studies of their impacts have focused on youth, these CCT programs may also have an impact on aging adults, by increasing household resources or inducing changes in allocations of time of various household members, that may be of substantial interest, particularly given the rapid aging of most populations. This paper contributes to this under-researched area by examining health and work impacts on the aging for the best known and most influential of these programs, the Mexican PROGRESA/Oportunidades program. For a number of health indicators, the program appears to significantly improve health, with impacts that are larger with a greater time receiving the program. However, most of these health impacts are concentrated on women.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: conditional cash transfers, aging, health, Mexico

JEL Classification: I15, I38

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Date posted: October 10, 2011  

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Behrman, Jere and Parker, Susan, The Impact of the Progresa/Oportunidades Conditional Cash Transfer Program on Health and Related Outcomes for the Aging in Mexico (October 7, 2011). PIER Working Paper No. 11-032. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1941850 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1941850

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Jere R. Behrman (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )
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Susan Parker
Center for Research and Teaching of Economics (CIDE) - Division of Economics ( email )
Carretera Mexico Toluca 3655
01210 Mexico, D.F.
Mexico
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