Child Well-being in Advanced Economies in the Late 2000s

Innocenti Working Papers 2013-01

UNICEF OoR 2013 -
  • Format
  • Co-author(s)
    • Bradshaw, Jonathan;
    • De Neubourg, Chris;
    • Martorano, Bruno;
    • Natali, Luisa;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2013
  • Pages
    • 50
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 676U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


This paper compares the well-being of children across the most economically advanced countries of the world. It discusses the methodological issues involved in comparing children’s well-being across countries and explains how a Child Well-being Index is constructed to rank countries according to their performance in advancing child well-being. The Index uses 30 indicators combined into 13 components, again summarised in 5 dimensions for 35 rich countries. Data from various sources are combined to capture aspects of child well-being: material well-being, health, education, behaviour and risks, housing and environment. The scores for the countries on all variables and combinations of variables are discussed in detail. The Child Well-being Index reveals that serious differences exist across countries suggesting that in many, improvement could be made in the quality of children’s lives.


Thematic area

Industrialized Countries   /  Rights of the Child   /  Social Policies   / 


child related policies   /  child well-being   /  comparative analysis   /  industrialized countries   /