Innocenti Working Papers

The Working Papers are the foundation of the Centre's research output, underpinning many of the Centre's other publications. These high quality research papers are aimed at an academic and well-informed audience, contributing to ongoing discussion on a wide range of child-related issues. More than 100 Working Papers have been published to date, with recent and forthcoming papers covering the full range of the Centre's agenda. The Working Papers series incorporates the earlier series of Innocenti Occasional Papers (with sub-series), also available for download.



Are Cash Transfers a Silver Bullet? Evidence from the Zambian Child Grant

2014


Are Cash Transfers a Silver Bullet? Evidence from the Zambian Child Grant
Evidence based on independent studies from different programmes across the world demonstrates that cash transfers can have an impact on a wide range of development domains. But does this evidence mean that cash transfers are the silver bullet or best solution to alleviating poverty?



Changes in Child Poverty in the OECD/EU during the Great Recession: An initial view

2014


UNICEF/OoR-Innocenti/2014 -
This note describes the evolution of child poverty in 41 OECD and/or European Union countries during the Great Recession. In 2012 there were around 76.5 million children living in poverty in the 41 OECD countries studied here. A League Table of the 50 US states, home to over a third of all children in the OECD shows that child poverty has increased in 34 out of 51 states.



Child Poverty and Deprivation in Mali: The first national estimates

2014


Child Poverty and Deprivation in Mali: The first national estimates
This study provides the first ever estimates of national child deprivation rates in Mali using the Multiple Overlapping Deprivations Approach (MODA) pioneered by UNICEF. Deprivations are defined according to the age of the child. Among the findings it is noted that an increase of USD 1 per person per day would reduce the probability of being deprived by 25 percentage points in rural areas.



Child Poverty and Material Deprivation in the European Union during the Great Recession

2014


Child Poverty and Material Deprivation in the European Union during the Great Recession
This paper investigates the effect of the economic crisis on child poverty and material deprivation across the EU-28 plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. The findings suggest that social safety nets and social spending did not shield children from the effects of labour market turbulence during the Great Recession.



Child Poverty and the Great Recession in the United States

2014


UNICEF OoR 2014 -
During the Great Recession, employment in the United States fell by more than 8 million between January 2008 and December 2009 and unemployment rose to a peak of 15.6 million persons in October 2009. This paper focuses on child poverty, as children experience some of the highest poverty rates of any group in the United States.



Exploring the Late Impact of the Financial Crisis using Gallup World Poll Data

2014


UNICEF OoR 2014 -
This paper explores the late impact of the Great Recession by using Gallup World Poll data. This data may be exploited to obtain an indication of what the trends have been up to 2013 for a number of well-being-related indicators in different dimensions. An additional advantage with the World Poll is the more complete country coverage which goes beyond that provided by EU-only databases.



Is it possible to adjust ‘with a human face’? Differences in fiscal consolidation strategies between Hungary and Iceland

2014


Is it possible to adjust ‘with a human face’? Differences in fiscal consolidation strategies between Hungary and Iceland
Hungary and Iceland were among the countries most affected by the recent macroeconomic shock. Although they suffered a similar GDP drop and started from much the same fiscal conditions, their respective governments decided to follow different strategies of adjustment. Each country cut public spending according to different priorities.



Lost (in) Dimensions: Consolidating progress in multidimensional poverty research

2014


Lost (in) Dimensions: Consolidating progress in multidimensional poverty research
This paper reviews the insights of various contributions from research into multidimensional poverty and deprivation and combines them into an internally consistent framework. The proposed framework aims at creating more conceptual clarity and overcoming the challenges that have arisen from some earlier efforts.The paper also makes a distinction between household poverty and child poverty, recognising that children may experience poverty differently to adults.



Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis for the European Union (EU-MODA): Technical Note

2014


Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis for the European Union (EU-MODA): Technical Note
The Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis for the European Union (EU-MODA) compares the material well-being of children across the EU member states, using data from the child material deprivation module of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) 2009.



Pre-crisis Conditions and Government Policy Responses: Chile and Mexico during the Great Recession

2014


UNICEF/OoR-Innocenti/2014 -
Chile and Mexico experienced extraordinary economic and social improvements over the first decade of the twenty-first century. Nonetheless, the 2008–2009 international crisis dramatically affected these two economies via real channels. Both countries reacted to the external shock by implementing several measures.



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