Adult Child Migration and the Health of Elderly Parents Left Behind in Mexico

11 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2010 Last revised: 27 Mar 2010

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Francisca Antman

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 14, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: elderly health, migration

JEL Classification: J14, O15, F22, I12

Suggested Citation

Antman, Francisca, Adult Child Migration and the Health of Elderly Parents Left Behind in Mexico (January 14, 2010). American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 100, No. 2, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1556018

Francisca Antman (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics ( email )

Campus Box 256
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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