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Introduction

Phillip B. Levine and David J. Zimmerman

in Targeting Investments in Children

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226475813
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226475837 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226475837.003.0001
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It is not difficult to motivate attempts to reduce childhood poverty. Children living in poverty are more likely to experience developmental problems, attend inferior schools, and suffer from poor health. This book looks at the childhood interventions that are most successful at alleviating subsequent poverty. An alarming number of American children experience poverty. Among economically developed countries, the United States stands as an outlier with child poverty rates that are considerably higher than elsewhere. The book also discusses the question of intergenerational income mobility, suggesting that those who begin life at the bottom of the economic ladder have a very difficult time climbing up it over their lives. It aims to provide a review of a variety of program types, and extensive reviews of those programs. The real goal is not to promote the policy, but to help the kids. This goal is important enough that spending the money wisely is worth the effort.

Keywords: childhood poverty; income mobility; investments; policy; economy

Chapter.  4336 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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