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Enhancing the fight against child poverty in the European Union: a benchmarking exercise

Isabelle Maquet-Engsted

in Global Child Poverty and Well-being

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9781847424822
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424822.003.0009
Enhancing the fight against child poverty in the European Union: a benchmarking exercise

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Chapter 9 describes the indicators and the analytical framework used to analyse child poverty in the European Union. Comparative analysis is used to identify the main drivers of monetary poverty among families with children in the rich EU countries. It reveals that different factors prevail across countries of the Europe Union depending on how well parents are integrated in the labour market, and how much support is available to families with children. The indicators used are those that have been developed and agreed upon in support of the EU policy coordination process in the field of social inclusion policy. The chapter discussed the potential value added of politically agreed indicators and comparative analytical frameworks for evidenced based policy making.

Keywords: Child poverty; Social Inclusion; Social Indicators; Relative poverty; Open method of Coordination of social protection and social inclusion

Chapter.  10390 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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