Comparing Inequality in the Well-being of Children in Economically Advanced Countries: A methodology

Innocenti Working Papers 2010-19

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  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Currie, Candace;
    • Currie, Dorothy;
    • Menchini, Leonardo;
    • Richardson, Dominic;
    • Roberts, Chris;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2011
  • Pages
    • 58
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 646U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


Socio-economic research on child well-being and the debate around child indicators has evolved quite rapidly in recent decades. An important contribution to this trend is represented by international comparative research based on multi-dimensional child well-being frameworks: most of this research is based on the comparison of average levels of well-being across countries. This paper tries to respond to the complex challenge of going beyond an approach based on averages and proposes a complementary approach to compare inequality in child well-being in economically advanced countries. In particular, it focuses on the disparities at the bottom-end of the child well-being distribution, by comparing the situation of the ‘median’ child and the situation of the children at the bottom of the well-being scale for nine indicators of material conditions, education and health.


Thematic area

Child Poverty   /  Social Policies   / 


child well-being   /  education   /  health   /  housing   /  industrialized countries   /  social conditions   /