Friday, September 23, 2011

Child Poverty Insights 16 - Child poverty in the EU: The breadth of poverty and cumulative deprivation

Keetie Roelen's (IDS) and Geranda Notten's (University of Ottawa) recent work on multidimensional child poverty in the European Union is an attempt to add to the academic and policy debate around child poverty in the region, its measurement and the use of indicators to inform policy. No studies have considered the extent to which children experience multiple deprivations at the same and can be considered 'cumulatively deprived.' In their work, they sought to address questions around those patterns overlap and the 'breadth' of poverty, as well as the combination of information in measures of cumulative deprivation. Among other things, three facts become clear from this work:

- Indicators of monetary poverty and multidimensional poverty cannot serve as a proxy for one another;
- There are risk factors that increase a child's likelihood to be poor or deprived;
- Multidimensional poverty measures enables policy makers to identify the most vulnerable children and design holistic anti-poverty policies.

The authors discuss some of this work on our latest Child Poverty Insights, entitled: "Child poverty in the EU: The breadth of poverty and cumulative deprivation." You can find this issue here. All previous issues of Insights can be found here.