Erika Arenas

Department of Sociology


Migration, social stratification based on skin color, and the effect of social programs on socio-economic and demographic outcomes.



Professor Arenas’ research has focused on investigating the association between health and migration. Currently, she is studying the role of undocumented status on mental health, a project financed by UC-Mexus.

The last ten years of her career, she has been actively participating in the collection of a unique dataset to study migrant populations: the Mexican Family Life Survey (, which is the first long-term panel study that has successfully tracked and interviewed respondents across national borders. Currently, Prof. Arenas is co-PI and co-Director of the fourth wave of the MxFLS (MxFLS-4). 



Saldívar, Emiko, Patricio Solís, Erika Arenas. “Consideraciones metodólogicas para el conteo de la población afromexicana en el Censo 2020”, Coyuntura Demográfica, 14, 49-56 (forthcoming).

Yahirun, Jenjira, and Erika Arenas. 2018. “Offspring Migration and Parent’s Emotional and Psychological Well-being in Mexico, Journal of Marriage and Family, 80(4), 975-991

 Arenas, Erika. 2017. “Abuelos at home: Differential impact on children’s education by family structure”, Research on Social Stratification and Mobility, 52, 36-48

Arenas, Erika, Kye, Bongoh, Graciela Teruel, and Luis Rubalcava. 2016. “The impact of education and health heterogeneity on Generational Support Ratios: a cross-national comparison between Mexico and Korea”, Ageing and Society, 1-38

 Arenas, Erika, Noreen Goldman, Anne Pebley and Graciela Teruel. 2015Return Migration to Mexico: Does Health Matter?”, Demography, 52(6)1853-1868

Arenas Erika, Susan Parker, Luis Rubalcava and Graciela Teruel. 2015“Evaluación del Programa del Seguro Popular del 2002 al 2005: Impacto en la Utilización de Servicios Médicos, en el Gasto en Salud y en el Mercado Laboral”, El Trimestre Económico, 82(328)807-845

Kye, Bongoh, Erika Arenas, Graciela Teruel and Luis Rubalcava. 2014. “Education and Elderly Health in South Korea: A demographic Approach”, Demographic Research, 30(26)753-794

 ArenasErika, Susan Parker, Luis Rubalcava and Graciela Teruel. 2013. “Evaluación del Seguro Popular”, in Uso de una encuesta panel para evaluaciones de impacto: Ensayo metodológico con la ENNVIH 2002-2005, published by Consejo Nacional de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social, México D.F., CONEVAL 2013