Relative Income Poverty among Children in Rich Countries

Innocenti Working Papers 2012-01

Relative Income Poverty among Children in Rich Countries
  • Format
    • Bradshaw, Jonathan;
    • Chzhen, Yekaterina;
    • De Neubourg, Chris;
    • Main, Gill;
    • Martorano, Bruno;
    • Menchini, Leonardo;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2012
  • Pages
    • 30
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 649U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


This paper presents and discusses child relative income poverty statistics for 35 economically advanced countries, representing all the members of the European Union, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States. As most of the data refer to the year 2008, the results partly reflect the initial impact of the global economic crisis as well as government responses. According to the data, Nordic countries and the Netherlands present the lowest child relative poverty levels, while Japan, the United States, most of the Southern European countries and some of the new EU member states have among the highest. Several factors are associated with the risk of poverty, such as demographic composition, educational level of household members, labour conditions, but the extent to which these factors influence the risk of poverty vary considerably across countries. Lastly, in several countries the role of government is found to be highly important in reducing child poverty.


Thematic area

Child Poverty   /  Industrialized Countries   / 


child poverty   /  child well-being   /  employment   /  income household   /  industrialized countries   /