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Are Children in Growing Danger of Social Exclusion? Evidence from Italy and Spain


  • Carlos Gradin


  • Conchita D'Ambrosio



In this paper, we claim that children are in danger of social exclusion both in Italy and in Spain since social distance between age groups has increased over time. We use as a measure of social exclusion an index of polarization since neither the Lorenz-consistent inequality indices nor the measures of poverty are suited to this task. We look for the causes of this phenomenon by grouping children according to some characteristics of the household to which they belong. Our last aim is to measure the effects that government intervention has had on this phenomenon. We focus on public provisions of education and health care. One of the main findings is that public intervention was not at all successful in fighting this phenomenon, since welfare state institutions of the two countries were designed to combat risks associated with old age and not with childhood.

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  • Carlos Gradin & Conchita D'Ambrosio, 2000. "Are Children in Growing Danger of Social Exclusion? Evidence from Italy and Spain," LIS Working papers 262, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
  • Handle: RePEc:lis:liswps:262

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    1. Smeeding, Timothy M, et al, 1993. "Poverty, Inequality, and Family Living Standards Impacts across Seven Nations: The Effect of Noncash Subsidies for Health, Education and Housing," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 39(3), pages 229-256, September.
    2. Wolfson, Michael C, 1994. "When Inequalities Diverge," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 84(2), pages 353-358, May.
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