Reducing child poverty in the European Union: the role of child benefits<sup>1</sup>

Herwig Immervoll, Holly Sutherland and Klaas de Vos

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:
Reducing child poverty in the European Union: the role of child benefits1

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This chapter examines the role of child benefits in protecting the children in Europe from financial poverty. It defines ‘child benefits’ as the regular cash payments that are made to parents or other carers on behalf of the children who are dependent on them. The chapter establishes a scale of the problem using the household microdata for 15 countries to count the proportion of children living in households with incomes below the poverty line in Europe. It also attempts to assess the role of existing family benefits in preventing child poverty. The chapter ends with a section on the impacts of national child benefits on the national income distribution and estimates of poverty.

Keywords: child benefits; financial poverty; household microdata; poverty line; family benefits; national child benefits; impacts of benefits; national income distribution; poverty estimates

Chapter.  8671 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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