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A Noncontributory Pension Program for Older Persons in Yucatan, Mexico

A Noncontributory Pension Program for Older Persons in Yucatan, Mexico: Implementing and Designing the Evaluation of the Program in Merida

Emma Aguila
Abril Borges
Arie Kapteyn
Rosalba Robles
Beverly A. Weidmer
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 46
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    A Noncontributory Pension Program for Older Persons in Yucatan, Mexico
    Book Description:

    This report describes Yucatan’s efforts to design, implement, and evaluate a state government program to provide cash benefits to the elderly to improve their well-being. The report provides context and background for the program and describes its design and implementation. It also describes the design of the evaluation of the program impact in Merida; the evaluation’s findings will be presented in future publications.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8639-6
    Subjects: History, Finance

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-4)

    The global phenomenon of an aging population has broad and interconnected societal repercussions affecting many facets of everyday life, including work, education, family structure, women’s participation, health, economic development, and social cohesion (Frenk, 2012). These changes have introduced new problems that are only beginning to be understood. Although policymakers have proposed solutions to many of these problems, these are often only partially effective, particularly in addressing needs of future generations. Hence, government officials, academics, and professionals in several fields and from various research centers seek to increase their understanding of these demographic phenomena to develop new policies to fit a...

  10. CHAPTER TWO Implementation of the Noncontributory Pension Program, Phase III: Reconocer Urbano Merida
    (pp. 5-10)

    In this chapter, we describe the implementation of the noncontributory pension program in the city of Merida, including how the cash and debit-card pension programs were designed, planned, organized, and implemented. We also discuss the selection and training of the team responsible for listing, enrolling, and disbursing the pension payment to older adults. This team is also responsible for corresponding electronic and administrative control.

    The pension program staff includes six promoters who were selected and trained to enroll older adults in the program and to disburse the pension to the treatment group and one coordinator who supervises and organizes the...

  11. CHAPTER THREE Program Evaluation
    (pp. 11-20)

    As noted earlier, we implemented the program and its evaluation concurrently. In this chapter, we describe the design and implementation of the evaluation, Escuchar, of the noncontributory pension program that began during phase III, when the program expanded to Merida. We developed the logo in Figure 3.1 for the evaluation materials in Valladolid, Motul, and Merida.

    We describe how we built the infrastructure and tools necessary to implement the evaluation program and how we recruited and trained the data-collection team, established a program office, and purchased equipment and materials. We also describe how we developed, translated, tested, programmed, and applied...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Concluding Remarks
    (pp. 21-22)

    This report describes the design, implementation, and evaluation of a noncontributory pension program in Merida, Yucatan. Many of the processes we describe are identical to those we discuss in Aguila, Kapteyn, et al. (forthcoming), on evaluation of this program in Valladolid. Our main objective was to provide information to those interested in this topic and to offer research tools to guide future policymaking related to older adults both in Mexico and around the world. Future reports and other publications will analyze data from these evaluations.

    In this report, we describe the implementation and evaluation of a noncontributory pension program in...

  13. Appendixes
    (pp. 23-26)
  14. References
    (pp. 27-28)