Emma Aguila, Arie Kapteyn, and James Smith find income supplements benefit health of poor elderly Mexicans
"Easing Poverty Boosts Health for Aging Mexicans" - Futurity. 12/23/2014.
In an experiment in the Mexican state of Yucatan, these researchers found strong evidence that income supplements have significant health benefits, even in the short run, for poor elderly. The participants, 70+ years of age, received about $67 per month in supplemental income. They reported being more likely to visit a doctor and buy medicine, less likely to run out of food, less often hungry, and more likely to undertake activities than their counterparts who received no supplements. Aguila says that this research shows that expanded government pension programs "can benefit greatly the growing older population in Mexico and developing nations facing similar demographic challenges.”