Future Research Leaders ‘Reducing Poverty in the First 18 years of Life’

The way in which child poverty is currently measured, presents us with a narrow and partial picture. Despite an expanding body of research on child poverty, current practice is still biased towards measuring static and single dimensions of child poverty, primarily using monetary indicators as a proxy to capture other areas of deprivation. Cross-sectional research shows that assumptions about the extent to which poverty measures can serve as proxies for each other are often incorrect.

The aim on this project is to  respond to these concerns by using monetary and non-monetary measures to analyse child poverty dynamics, assessing overlaps and mismatches between those measures and investigating reasons for potential differences. It will cover new ground and provide fresh insights in two different case study countries, namely Ethiopia and Viet Nam, and aims to influence academics, policy-makers and practitioners to contribute positively to the reduction of child poverty.

Four different research questions will be addressed:

  1. To what extent do different poverty measures identify different groups of children as being poor?
  2. To what extent do different poverty measures identify different groups of children as moving in and out of poverty over time?
  3. What are the drivers of mismatches between cross-sectional child poverty outcomes when using different measures?
  4. What are the drivers of different patterns of child poverty dynamics when using different measures

Illustrations for research conducted in Vietnam, Ethiopia and Burundi tell the findings that came from interviews with children and parents.

Project details

start date
1 October 2012
end date
30 September 2015


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