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The Dynamics of Child Poverty: Britain and Germany Compared

Jenkins, Stephen P and Schluter, Christian and Wagner, Gertg (2003) 'The Dynamics of Child Poverty: Britain and Germany Compared.' Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 34 (3). 337 - 355. ISSN 0047-2328

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Abstract

<jats:p> We compare patterns of movements into and out of poverty by children in Britain and Western Germany using data from the British Household Panel Survey and the German Socio-Economic Panel for the period 1992-97. In Britain poverty persistence was greater, and poverty exit rates in particular were lower, than in Western Germany. In both countries, poverty was particularly persistent among children in lone parent households and households with a non-working head. Events such as family formation and dissolution, and changes in household Jabour market attachment, were associated with child poverty transitions in the direction expected, and in both countries. However a large fraction of the observed poverty transitions were not accounted for by these events. By contrast, changes in labour earnings not necessarily associated with a job change accounted for a large proportion of poverty transitions. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2014 15:25
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2021 02:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7921

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