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.



Preferences for Inequality: East vs. West

2001


Preferences for Inequality: East vs. West
Do preferences for income inequality differ systematically between the post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Western established market economies? This paper analyses 1999 data from a large international survey to address this question. In particular, we examine whether attitudes to inequality differ between East and West even after the 'conventional' determinants of attitudes are controlled for. Results suggest that this is indeed the case.



The Rhetoric of International Development Targets and the Reality of Official Development Assistance

2001


The Rhetoric of International Development Targets and the Reality of Official Development Assistance
Within the last decade governments of donors and developing countries have committed themselves to achieving a number of International Development Targets (IDTs) to be reached by 2015. But the task is daunting for most of the low-income countries.



The 'Family-in-Focus' Approach: Developing policy-oriented monitoring and analysis of human development in Indonesia

2001


The 'Family-in-Focus' Approach: Developing policy-oriented monitoring and analysis of human development in Indonesia
Socio-economic and political turmoil in Indonesia has had an impact on the country's thirty years of progress in social development. However, it has also opened up new avenues for participation and region-specific policy formulation alongside growing demand for new approaches to the monitoring and analysis of social change. This paper examines the Family-in-Focus Approach - a comprehensive lifespan-based concept of human development.



Child Poverty Dynamics in Seven Nations

2000


This paper compares child poverty dynamics cross-nationally using panel data from seven nations: the USA, Britain, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Hungary, and Russia. As well as using standard relative poverty definitions the paper examines flows into and out of the poorest fifth of the children's income distribution.



Child Well-Being in the EU and Enlargement to the East

2000


The accession of up to 13 new members in the next decade is the most important development now facing the European Union. This paper analyses measurable differences in the well-being of children between current club members, the EU Member States, and the 10 Central and Eastern European applicants seeking admission.



Education, Inequality and Transition

2000


Evidence is considered on differences in access to education and in learning achievement within the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Analysis of the transition period focuses on the differences in access and achievement.



From Security to Uncertainty: The impact of economic change on child welfare in central Asia

2000


Children are at the heart of Central Asian culture. Two out of every five inhabitants of the region are aged under 18. Yet relatively little has been written about the impact of recent political economic and social change on their welfare.



How Effective is the British Government's Attempt to Reduce Child Poverty?

2000


This paper describes the specific initiatives of the British Labour government to reduce child poverty and evaluates their potential impact. The extent of the problem of child poverty is set out, the causes are discussed and Britain’s problem is set in an international perspective. Policies that address long-term disadvantage are also discussed and future strategy is considered.



Integrating Economic and Social Policy: Good practices from high achieving countries

2000


Integrating Economic and Social Policy: Good practices from high achieving countries
This paper examines the successes of ten 'high-achievers' - countries with social indicators far higher than might be expected given their national wealth. Their progress in such fields as education and health offers lessons for social policy elsewhere in the developing world.



Macroeconomics and Data on Children

2000


The key economic variables on which economic policy operates can all be given a child dimension. And direct measures of various dimensions of child well-being must also be brought into the picture.



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