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Child poverty: a multidimensional measurement

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  • Amélia Bastos
  • Carla Machado

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Purpose - The aim of this paper is to evaluate poverty among children using a multidimensional concept of child poverty. Design/methodology/approach - In light of this conceptualization, the paper applies methodological framework that uses fuzzy set theory to evaluate deprivation intensity among children. It also investigates the socio-demographic and economic characteristics that most affect deprivation risk by estimating a discrete choice model. Findings - Results show that children included in large families or with uncommon compositions are particularly at risk. Unemployment of parents also plays an important role in determining deprivation. Children's deprivation is particularly affected by issues related to education, health, housing and social integration. Originality/value - This paper proposes a concept that is child-cantered. It also constructs measures of child poverty/deprivation based on specific child indicators of well-being. Finally uses the paper econometric techniques to evaluate socio-demographic and economic attributes in determining deprivation odds.

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  • Amélia Bastos & Carla Machado, 2009. "Child poverty: a multidimensional measurement," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 36(3), pages 237-251, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:ijsepp:v:36:y:2009:i:3:p:237-251
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    1. A. Bastos & G. Leao Fernandes & J. Passos, 2009. "Analysis of school failure based on Portuguese micro data," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(16), pages 1639-1643.
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    1. Liliana Fernandes & Américo Mendes & Aurora Teixeira, 2013. "A Weighted Multidimensional Index of Child Well-Being Which Incorporates Children’s Individual Perceptions," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 114(3), pages 803-829, December.
    2. José L. Calvo & Cristina Sánchez & Pedro Cortiñas, 2012. "Are social exclusion and poverty measures interrelated? A study with Spanish data," ERSA conference papers ersa12p213, European Regional Science Association.
    3. Fernandes, Liliana & Mendes, Américo & Teixeira, Aurora, 2013. "Assessing child well-being through a new multidimensional child-based weighting scheme index: An empirical estimation for Portugal," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 155-174.
    4. Liliana Fernandes & Américo Mendes & Aurora Teixeira, 2010. "A review essay on child well-being measurement: uncovering the paths for future research," Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) 02, Católica Porto Business School, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
    5. Elena Bárcena-Martín & Maite Blázquez & Santiago Budría & Ana I. Moro-Egido, 2017. "Child and Household Deprivation: A Relationship Beyond Household Socio-demographic Characteristics," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 132(3), pages 1079-1098, July.
    6. Liliana Fernandes & Américo Mendes & Aurora Teixeira, 2012. "A Review Essay on the Measurement of Child Well-Being," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 106(2), pages 239-257, April.
    7. Birhanu, Mulugeta Y. & Ambaw, Birhanu & Mulu, Yohannis, 2017. "Dynamics of multidimensional child poverty and its triggers: Evidence from Ethiopia using Multilevel Mixed Effect Model," MPRA Paper 79377, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Ankita Mishra & Ranjan Ray & Leonora Risse, 2016. "The Multidimensional Disadvantage of Australian Children with a Comparison between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Children," Monash Economics Working Papers 19-16, Monash University, Department of Economics.

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    Children (age groups); Poverty; Protugal;

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