Do economic experiences early in life affect regime support later in life? Although the effects of recent economic performance on regime support are extensively studied, the lasting effects of individual-level economic experiences over the course of the lifespan remain unexplored. In democracies and autocracies alike, we argue that economic experiences in early adulthood (i.e., ages 18‒28) are wired into people’s memories and become important cues for their democratic support later in life. Having lived in a well-performing economy in a democracy increases democratic support for the most of people’s lives, whereas having lived in a well-performing economy in an autocracy decreases democratic support for the most of people’s lives. Using extensive survey data on support for democracy covering 97 countries from 1994 to 2015, we find support for these propositions, demonstrating that economic experiences in early adulthood, conditional on the regime in place at the time, have strong, robust, and lasting effects on democratic support.