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Child Poverty and Material Deprivation in the European Union during the Great Recession

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The 2008 financial crisis triggered the first contraction of the world economy in the post-war era. This paper investigates the effect of the economic crisis on child poverty and material deprivation across the EU-28 plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. First, it examines if children were affected by the crisis to a greater extent than the population as a whole. Second, it analyses inequities among households with children and the degree to which those in workless households, migrant households, lone parent families and large families were at a greater risk of poverty and deprivation. Finally, it studies the extent to which social safety nets may have softened the negative impact of the economic crisis.

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  • Yekaterina Chzhen, 2014. "Child Poverty and Material Deprivation in the European Union during the Great Recession," Papers inwopa723, Innocenti Working Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa723
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    1. Rosa Martínez & Carolina Navarro, 2016. "Has the Great Recession Changed the Deprivation Profile of Low Income Groups? Evidence from Spain," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 218(3), pages 79-104, September.
    2. Elena Bárcena-Martín & Maria del Carmern & Salvador Perez-Moreno, 2015. "Assessing the impact of social transfer income packages on child poverty. A European cross-national perspective," ThE Papers 15/02, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
    3. Elena Bárcena-Martín & M. Carmen Blanco-Arana & Salvador Pérez-Moreno, 2017. "Dynamics of child poverty in the European countries," Working Papers 437, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
    4. Emilia Toczydlowska & UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2016. "Children in the Bottom of Income Distribution in Europe: Risks and composition," Papers inwopa838, Innocenti Working Papers.
    5. Elena Bárcena-Martín & M. Carmen Blanco-Arana & Salvador Pérez-Moreno, 2016. "Assessing the impact of social transfer income packages on child poverty in European countries: Pro-child targeting vs pro-poor targeting," Working Papers 410, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
    6. Elena Bárcena-Martín & Maite Blázquez & Santiago Budría & Ana I. Moro Egido, 2016. "Child deprivation and social benefits. Europe in cross-national perspective," ThE Papers 16/03, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
    7. Yekaterina Chzhen, 2016. "Perceptions of the Economic Crisis in Europe: Do Adults in Households with Children Feel a Greater Impact?," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 127(1), pages 341-360, May.
    8. Sara Ayllón & András Gábos, 2017. "The Interrelationships between the Europe 2020 Poverty and Social Exclusion Indicators," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 130(3), pages 1025-1049, February.
    9. David Rothwell & Annie McEwen, 2016. "Child Poverty and Family Structure during the Recession in English-Speaking Liberal Welfare States," LIS Working papers 665, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
    10. Emilia Toczydlowska & Yekaterina Chzhen & Zlata Bruckauf & Sudhanshu Handa & UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2016. "Income Inequality among Children in Europe 2008–2013," Papers inwopa842, Innocenti Working Papers.
    11. Luisa Natali & Bruno Martorano & Sudhanshu Handa & Goran Holmqvist & Yekaterina Chzhen, 2014. "Trends in Child Well-being in EU Countries during the Great Recession: A cross-country comparative perspective," Papers inwopa730, Innocenti Working Papers.
    12. Tausch, Arno, 2015. "Wo Frau Kanzlerin Angela Merkel irrt: Der Sozialschutz in der Welt, der Anteil Europas und die Beurteilung seiner Effizienz
      [Where Chancellor Angela Merkel got it wrong: social protection in the wo
      ," MPRA Paper 66462, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    13. Bruce Bradbury & Markus Jäntti & Lena Lindahl, 2017. "Labour Income, Social Transfers and Child Poverty," LIS Working papers 707, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
    14. Zlata Bruckauf & Yekaterina Chzhen & Emilia Toczydlowska & UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2016. "Bottom-end Inequality: Are children with an immigrant background at a disadvantage?," Papers inores841, Innocenti Research Briefs.

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    Keywords

    economic depression; poverty; social benefits;

    JEL classification:

    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics

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