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Child Poverty in Canada

  • Thomas Crossley
  • Lori Curtis

A 1989 all-party motion of parliament called for the elimination of child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Despite a series of policy initiatives, recent reports suggest that the child poverty rate may now be comparable to that in 1989. The apparent persistence of child poverty in Canada might reflect socioeconomic developments, or something about the way that child poverty is measured. Using micro data covering the period 1986 to 2000 we find little support for these explanations.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 2003-06.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:deptwp:2003-06
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