UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Intergenerational Equity - Understanding the linkages between parents and children: A Systematic Review

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AUTHOR UNICEF and the London School of Economics and Political Science
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TYPE Other
DATE 2013
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

The dialog on the post-2015 development agenda has revolved around an increased need for sustainable development, with a major emphasis on achieving intergenerational equity. In this regard, unless policy-makers understand the determinants and transmission mechanisms of intergenerational poverty and well-being, it will be difficult to break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage, and thus to achieve intergenerational equity and sustainable development. An understanding of evidence-based mechanisms will allow policy-makers to formulate and implement evidence-informed and better-targeted policies.

This study uses a systematic review methodology to analyze and assess recent evidence on the underlying mechanisms that underpin the intergenerational transmission of poverty and well-being. The research reveals a substantial degree of persistence of poverty across generations. That is, the families and the context in which children are born largely determine the opportunities that they will face throughout their lifetime. Intergenerational poverty manifests itself in the form of lower health and education attainment, and an increased likelihood of being poor (low future income).

 

 


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