Child well-being in the EU – and enlargement to the East

John Micklewright and Kitty Stewart

in Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition)

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301738 | DOI:
Child well-being in the EU – and enlargement to the East

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This chapter highlights the differences among the current members of the EU, and contrasts them as a group with the applicants. It considers whether applicants have a comparative advantage over members in any dimension of well-being. The criteria for European Union (EU) membership and the approach that is currently taken by the European Commission to measure the differences in living standards within the Union are discussed first. This is followed by a discussion on the three dimensions of well-being of European children: their education, health, and economic welfare.

Keywords: comparative advantage; well-being dimension; EU membership criteria; European Commission; living standards

Chapter.  9706 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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