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Measuring Child Poverty: New league tables of child poverty in the world's rich countries

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  • Peter Adamson
  • UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
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    Report Card 10 considers two views of child poverty in the world’s advanced economies: a measure of absolute deprivation, and a measure of relative poverty. The first measure is a 14-item Child Deprivation Index that represents a significant new development in international monitoring, drawing on data from the European Union’s Statistics on Incomes and Living Conditions survey of 125,000 households in 31 European countries, which has included a section on children for the first time. Children were considered 'deprived' if they lacked two or more of the items, which ranged from three meals a day, to an Internet connection. The second measure covers the EU and an additional six OECD countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States) and examines the percentage of children living below their national 'poverty line' - defined as 50 per cent of median disposable household income.

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    Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Report Card with number inreca660.

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    Date of creation: 2012
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    Keywords: child poverty; econometric analysis; economic and social conditions; european union; oecd; poverty; poverty reduction;

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    1. Ramey, Jessie B., 2013. "For the public good: Urban youth advocacy and the fight for public education," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(8), pages 1260-1267.

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