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Measuring Child Poverty: New league tables of child poverty in the world's rich countries


  • Peter Adamson


Report Card 10 considers two views of child poverty in the world’s advanced economies: a measure of absolute deprivation, and a measure of relative poverty. The first measure is a 14-item Child Deprivation Index that represents a significant new development in international monitoring, drawing on data from the European Union’s Statistics on Incomes and Living Conditions survey of 125,000 households in 31 European countries, which has included a section on children for the first time. Children were considered 'deprived' if they lacked two or more of the items, which ranged from three meals a day, to an Internet connection. The second measure covers the EU and an additional six OECD countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States) and examines the percentage of children living below their national 'poverty line' - defined as 50 per cent of median disposable household income.

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  • Peter Adamson, 2012. "Measuring Child Poverty: New league tables of child poverty in the world's rich countries," Papers inreca660, Innocenti Report Card.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:inreca:inreca660

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    Cited by:

    1. Schurer, Stefanie & Trajkovski, Kristian, 2018. "Understanding the Mechanisms through Which Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Lifetime Economic Outcomes," IZA Discussion Papers 11450, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    child poverty; econometric analysis; economic and social conditions; european union; oecd; poverty; poverty reduction;

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    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue

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