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Child Well-being in Advanced Economies in the Late 2000s

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  • Jonathan Bradshaw
  • Bruno Martorano
  • Chris De Neubourg
  • Luisa Natali
  • UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre

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This paper compares the well-being of children across the most economically advanced countries of the world. It discusses the methodological issues involved in comparing children’s well-being across countries and explains how a Child Well-being Index is constructed to rank countries according to their performance in advancing child well-being. The Index uses 30 indicators combined into 13 components, again summarised in 5 dimensions for 35 rich countries. Data from various sources are combined to capture aspects of child well-being: material well-being, health, education, behaviour and risks, housing and environment. The scores for the countries on all variables and combinations of variables are discussed in detail. The Child Well-being Index reveals that serious differences exist across countries suggesting that in many, improvement could be made in the quality of children’s lives.

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Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Working Papers with number inwopa684.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa684

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Keywords: child related policies; child well-being; comparative analysis; industrialized countries;

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  1. Liliana Fernandes & Américo Mendes & Aurora Teixeira, 2011. "A weighted multidimensional index of child well-being which incorporates children’s individual perceptions," Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers), Faculdade de Economia e Gestão, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto) 01, Faculdade de Economia e Gestão, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto).
  2. Liliana Fernandes & Américo Mendes & Aurora A.C. Teixeira, 2010. "A review essay on child well-being measurement: uncovering the paths for future research," FEP Working Papers, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto 396, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  3. Heshmati, Almas & Bajalan, Chemen S. J. & Tausch, Arno, 2007. "Measurement and Analysis of Child Well-Being in Middle and High Income Countries," IZA Discussion Papers 3203, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Jonathan Bradshaw & Petra Hoelscher & Dominic Richardson & *UNICEF, 2007. "Comparing Child Well-Being in OECD Countries: Concepts and methods," Innocenti Working Papers, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre inwopa07/38, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.
  5. *Unicef, 2007. "Child Poverty in Perspective: An overview of child well-being in rich countries," Innocenti Report Card, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre inreca07/19, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.
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