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Social Exclusion and Children: A European view for a US debate

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  • John Micklewright

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The concept of social exclusion has been widely debated in Europe but its application to children has seen relatively little discussion. What the social exclusion of children can lead to is the first main theme of the paper, where among other things, the choice of reference group, the geographical dimension of exclusion, and the issue of who is responsible for any exclusion of children are considered. The second main theme is the use of the concept of exclusion in the USA, where in contrast to Europe it has achieved little penetration to date. To assess whether there is fertile ground for discussion of social exclusion as it relates to children in the US, various features of US society and institutions including the measurement of poverty, analysis of children's living standards, state versus federal responsibilities, welfare reform and the emphasis on 'personal responsibility', are all considered.

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Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Working Papers with number inwopa02/19.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Keywords: child poverty; child welfare; discrimination based on social origin; economic indicators; economic policy;

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  1. Caterina Ruggeri Laderchi & Ruhi Saith & Frances Stewart, 2003. "Does it Matter that we do not Agree on the Definition of Poverty? A Comparison of Four Approaches," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(3), pages 243-274.
  2. Haisken-DeNew, John P. & Sinning, Mathias, 2007. "Social Deprivation and Exclusion of Immigrants in Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 3153, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Stephen P. Jenkins & John Micklewright, 2007. "New Directions in the Analysis of Inequality and Poverty," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 700, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  4. Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa, 2011. "Reflections on the enactment of children's participation rights through research: Between transactional and relational spaces," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 33(7), pages 1196-1202, July.
  5. Sonja C. Kassenböhmer & Christoph M. Schmidt, 2011. "Beyond GDP and Back: What Is the Value-Added by Additional Components of Welfare Measurement?," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) 351, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  6. O'Connell, Michael & Sheikh, Hammad, 2008. "Achievement-related attitudes and the fate of "at-risk" groups in society," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 508-521, August.
  7. Micklewright, John, 2004. "Child Poverty in English-Speaking Countries," IZA Discussion Papers 1113, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Kitty Stewart, 2002. "Measuring Well-Being and Exclusion in Europes Regions," CASE Papers, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE case53, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
  9. Harkness, Susan, 2004. "Social and Political Indicators of Human Well-being," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  10. Kitty Stewart, 2002. "Measuring well-being and exclusion in Europe's regions," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 6395, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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