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Changes in Child Poverty in the OECD/EU during the Great Recession: An initial view

Sudhanshu Handa, Luisa Natali, Yekaterina Chzhen and Bruno Martorano ()

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Abstract: Though not a measure of direct child well-being, the strong association between child development and household income makes income poverty a useful indicator of the trajectory of child well-being both in the short- and medium-term. During the period 2008-2012 child poverty rates increased in 23 of the 41 OECD countries for which we have comparable data; in total, approximately 6.6 million children became poor and 4 million left poverty for a net increase of 2.6 million. Five countries at the bottom of our Child Poverty League Table had child poverty increases that were over 10pp. However, due to their relative size and despite only modest increases in child poverty rates, Mexico and the United States are home to over half of the newly poor children during this period with 2 and 1.7 million respectively.

Keywords: child poverty; economic crisis; financial policy; fiscal policy; united states (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28
Date: 2014, Revised 2014
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