, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 385–415 | Cite as

Paradox lost: Explaining the hispanic adult mortality advantage

  • Alberto Palloni
  • Elizabeth AriasEmail author


We tested three competing hypotheses regarding the adult “Hispanic mortality paradox”: data artifact, migration, and cultural or social buffering effects. On the basis of a series of parametric hazard models estimated on nine years of mortality follow-up data, our results suggest that the “Hispanic” mortality advantage is a feature found only among foreign-born Mexicans and foreign born Hispanics other than Cubans or Puerto Ricans. Our analysis suggests that the foreign-born Mexican advantage can be attributed to return migration, or the “salmon-bias” effect. However, we were unable to account for the mortality advantage observed among other foreign-born Hispanics.


Hispanic Adult Data Artifact Merican Journal Family Income Distribution Multivariate Hazard Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Demography and EcologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUSA

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