This paper analyzes the financial sustainability of the non-contributory pension program for older persons in Mexico. The expansion of the program, with the aim of covering a larger number of localities and beneficiaries, focuses on diminishing the vulnerability of the older population. However, this expansion represents a challenge in terms of the fiscal cost of the program. Using population projections for the next decades, it calculates different scenarios to determine the costs of the program. It also estimates the amount of population without social security coverage, and the costs of providing a non-contributory pension in the next decades. The results indicate large increases in the cost of the program, in the short, medium and long terms.
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