A Noncontributory Pension Program for Older Persons in Yucatan, Mexico
Apr 7, 2014
This report is one of a series of RAND reports describing the noncontributory pension program in Yucatan, Mexico; its implementation; its evaluation; and related topics. This report describes a pilot test of debit-card disbursal of pensions there and explores the results from several surveys of this pilot group.
A Pilot Test
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In an effort to improve the quality of life for older adults, the government of Yucatan, Mexico, and the RAND Corporation collaborated to design, implement, and evaluate a noncontributory pension program in Yucatan. Although the program initially distributed its monthly benefit in cash, it later selected a small group of recipients to receive the pension through a debit card. From March 2010 to February 2012, a pilot study was conducted in the city of Merida, the Yucatan state capital. The program paid monthly pensions of MXN $550 through deposits to a bank account established for each beneficiary that is linked to a debit card. This report is one of a series of RAND reports describing the noncontributory pension program in Yucatan, its implementation, its evaluation, and related topics. This report describes how the pilot test was conducted and explores the results from several surveys of this pilot group. Results indicated that debit-card pension disbursal is feasible for an elderly Mexican population and that the state should expand the number of beneficiaries receiving the benefit through the debit-card method.
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The research described in this report was made possible with funding from the government of the state of Yucatan, the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA), the RAND Center for the Study of Aging, RAND Labor and Population, and the Center for Latin American Social Policy (CLASP).
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