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Child Poverty in English-Speaking Countries

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  • John Micklewright

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The paper considers child poverty in rich English-speaking countries - the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Ireland. It is sometimes assumed that these countries stand out from other OECD countries for their levels of child poverty. The paper looks at the policies they have adopted to address the problem. 'Poverty' is interpreted broadly and hence the available cross-national evidence on edicational disadvantage and teenage births is considered alongside that on low household income. Discussion of policy initiatives ranges across a number of areas of government activity.

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Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Working Papers with number inwopa03/25.

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Length: 40
Date of creation: 2003
Date of revision: 2003
Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa03/25

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Keywords: child poverty; comparative analysis; educational policy; poverty; social policy;

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  1. Suzie Ballantyne & Simon Chapple & David C. Maré & Jason Timmins, 2004. "Movements Into and Out of Child Poverty in New Zealand: Results from the Linked Income Supplement," HEW, EconWPA 0402001, EconWPA.
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  1. Olivier Bargain & Olivier Donni & Monnet Gbakou, 2010. "The Measurement of Child Costs: Evidence from Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 41(1), pages 1-20.
  2. Francesconi, Marco & van der Klaauw, Wilbert, 2004. "The Consequences of ‘In-Work’ Benefit Reform in Britain: New Evidence from Panel Data," IZA Discussion Papers 1248, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Laura Blow & Ian Walker & Yu Zhu, 2007. "Who Benefits from Child Benefit?," Working Papers, Geary Institute, University College Dublin 200716, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  4. Callan, Tim & Coleman, Kieran & Nolan, Brian & Walsh, John R., 2006. "Child Poverty and Child Income Supports: Ireland in Comparative Perspective," Papers, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) BP2007/2, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
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  6. repec:ese:iserwp:2005-24 is not listed on IDEAS

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