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Report Cards on children in industrialized countries

The Centre's Report Card series measures and compares the situation of children in OECD countries. This is the first UNICEF publication series devoted exclusively to the subject of children in industrialized countries.
The Report Cards aim to help improve the lives of children by revealing good and bad practice through a process of international comparison and the provision of new data. Each issue focuses on a topic relevant to the overall well-being of children and includes a league table of data, comparative analysis and an editorial. By bringing an international perspective to national statistics, the Report Cards provide a vital tool for policy-makers, parliamentarians, researchers, campaigners, the media and all those working to promote the interests of children in the industrialized world.

Publications

Child Poverty in Rich Countries 2005
Publication Publication

Child Poverty in Rich Countries 2005

The proportion of children living in poverty has risen in a majority of the world's developed economies. No matter which of the commonly-used poverty measures is applied, the situation of children is seen to have deteriorated over the last decade. This publication is the sixth in a series of Innocenti Report Cards designed to monitor and compare the performance of the OECD countries in meeting the needs of their children.
Child Poverty and Changes in Child Poverty in Rich Countries since 1990
Publication Publication

Child Poverty and Changes in Child Poverty in Rich Countries since 1990

This paper documents levels and changes in child poverty rates in 12 OECD countries using data from the Luxembourg Income Study project, and focusing upon an analysis of the reasons for changes over the 1990s. The objective is to uncover the relative role of income transfers from the state in determining the magnitude and direction of change in child poverty rates, holding other demographic and labour market factors constant. As such the paper offers a cross-country overview of child poverty, changes in child poverty and the impact of public policy in North America and Europe.
The Impact of Tax and  Transfer Systems on Children in the European Union
Publication Publication

The Impact of Tax and Transfer Systems on Children in the European Union

The objective of this paper is to analyse the impact of fiscal policy on the economic resources available to children, and on the child poverty rate. A static microsimulation model specifically designed for the purposes of comparative fiscal analysis in the European Union, EUROMOD, is used to study the age incidence of government taxes and transfers in 2001 in 15 EU countries.