Sep 12, 2013

Living longer: The effect of the Mexican conditional cash transfer program on elderly mortality

Some evidence of the effect of cash transfers on health of the elderly in Mexico, from a paper by Tania BarhamJacob Rowberry
This paper exploits the phasing-in of the Mexican conditional cash transfer program, Progresa, between 1997 and 2000, and shows a 4 percent decline in average, municipality-level mortality for people aged 65 and older. The program not only reduced deaths due to more traditional infectious diseases, but also reduced deaths due to diabetes. Given diabetes deaths are a leading cause of death in Mexico, and now in the top 10 causes of death in many high- and middle-income countries, this is an important finding.
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