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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Child Poverty in English Speaking Countries

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AUTHOR John Micklewright
ORGANIZATION Innocenti Research Centre
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2003
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

This paper considers child poverty in rich English-speaking countries – the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Do all these countries really stand out from other OECD countries for their levels of child poverty, as is sometimes assumed?  And what policies have they adopted to address the problem?  Poverty is interpreted broadly and hence the available cross-national evidence on education disadvantage and teenage births is considered alongside that on low household income. Likewise, discussion of policy initiatives ranges across a number of areas of government activity. 

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