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Alberto Minujin and Shailen Nandy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424822

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424822.001.0001

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Continuity and change in poor children's lives: evidence from Young Lives

Continuity and change in poor children's lives: evidence from Young Lives

(p.475) Nineteen Continuity and change in poor children's lives: evidence from Young Lives
Global Child Poverty and Well-being

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Abby Hardgrove

Caroline Knowles

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This chapter provides an overview of Young Lives, a longitudinal study of childhood poverty following the lives of 12,000 children in 4 developing countries (Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam) over 15 years. The authors outline the study's conceptual and analytical framework and report on some early findings concerning trends in child welfare and the dynamics of child poverty, in particular looking at how poverty is transmitted across generations. Based on data collected when the children were aged 5 and 12, they conclude that economic growth itself will not solve the problems associated with poverty in childhood, and in some instances can accentuate inequalities. They also conclude that the experience of deprivations in childhood cast a very long shadow for children as they grow and develop, and that properly designed social policies can have a protective effect against economic shocks (such as the global financial crisis).

Keywords:   Children, Poverty, Inequality, Social policy, Intergenerational transmission of poverty

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