Old-age wealth in Mexico: The role of reproductive, human capital, and employment decisions

Rebeca Wong, Deborah S. DeGraff

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The authors examined relationships between the wealth of older adults and their early-life decisions regarding investment in human capital, family formation, and work activities in Mexico, using the 2001 Mexican Health and Aging Study. The authors examined correlates of accumulated financial wealth by gender and across three age cohorts: 50 to 59, 60 to 69, and 70 years or older. The authors outline the changing context these cohorts experienced during their lifetimes; describe patterns of net financial worth by main covariates across groups defined by age, sex, and marital status; and present the results of multivariate models of net worth. Simulations were conducted to illustrate patterns of net worth associated with alternative scenarios depicting differing representative combinations of life-course characteristics by age cohort. The findings suggest that old-age financial wealth in Mexico is more closely associated with family formation and human capital decisions than with employment decisions over the lifetime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-439
Number of pages27
JournalResearch on Aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Elderly
  • Employment
  • Life course
  • Mexico
  • Wealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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