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Key Findings Details

Labor Market and Immigration Behavior of Middle-Aged and Elderly Mexicans
Emma Aguila and Julie Zissimopoulos
WP 2008-192

  • Compared to short-term, long-term Mexican migrants to the US are more likely to have US Social Security benefits and are less likely to have Mexican Social Security benefits and public health insurance coverage.
  • Receipt of U.S. Social Security benefits increases retirement rates among return migrants.  Return migrants are more likely to report being in poor health than non-migrants and this also increases the likelihood of retiring.
  • A Social Security Agreement between the US and Mexico would likely have important implications for retirement behavior.