Adult Child Migration and the Health of Elderly Parents Left Behind in Mexico
11 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2010 Last revised: 27 Mar 2010
Date Written: January 14, 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.
Keywords: elderly health, migration
JEL Classification: J14, O15, F22, I12
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