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?



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.



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.



The Repercussions of the Economic Recession in Greece on Adolescents and their Families

2014


The Repercussions of the Economic Recession in Greece on Adolescents and their Families
Greece is among the countries hit most severely by the recent global economic crisis. Given that poverty in childhood and adolescence can have lifelong implications, investigation of the impact of the crisis on various aspects of adolescents’ well-being is critical for guiding prevention policies.



Subjective Impact of the Economic Crisis on Households with Children in 17 European Countries

2014


Subjective Impact of the Economic Crisis on Households with Children in 17 European Countries
This paper investigates differences in the perceived impact of the economic crisis between adults in households with and without children in 17 European countries. It also explores the channels through which the crisis affected adults in households with children and the ways in which they coped with the decline in income or economic activity.



Subjective Well-being, Risk Perceptions and Time Discounting: Evidence from a large-scale cash transfer programme

2014


Subjective Well-being, Risk Perceptions and Time Discounting: Evidence from a large-scale cash transfer programme
The risk and time preferences of individuals as well as their subjective expectations regarding the future are likely to play an important role in choice behaviour. A large-scale survey in Kenya shows that cash transfers alone do not appear to impact time discounting or risk aversion, but they do have an important impact on subjective well-being measures and on future perceptions of quality of life.



The Consequences of the Recent Economic Crisis and Government Reactions for Children

2014


The Consequences of the Recent Economic Crisis and Government Reactions for Children
During the late 2000s, European countries were affected by an economic crisis considered the most severe since the Second World War. However, not all the countries were hit in the same way. Some governments preferred to increase taxes while others preferred to reduce public expenditure, also cutting benefits and services for children and their families.



The Australian Household Stimulus Package: Lessons from the recent economic crisis

2013


The Australian Household Stimulus Package: Lessons from the recent economic crisis
As in other developed countries, the recent economic crisis affected the Australian economy. Nonetheless, while the OECD countries recorded a drop of GDP near to 4 per cent in 2009, in Australia GDP grew by 1.4 per cent. An important contribution to this performance came from the fiscal stimulus implemented by the government.



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