Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Children of Austerity – Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Children of Austerity: Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries

Bea Cantillon, Yekaterina Chzhen, Sudhanshu Handa, and Brian Nolan


The 2008 financial crisis triggered the worst global recession since the Great Depression. Many OECD countries responded to the crisis by reducing social spending. Through eleven diverse country case studies (Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States), this volume describes the evolution of child poverty and material well-being during the crisis, and links these outcomes with the responses by governments. The analysis underlines that countries with fragmented social protection systems were less able to protect the incomes of ... More

Keywords: children, poverty, economic crisis, Great Recession, material deprivation, unemployment, social spending

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797968
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bea Cantillon, editor
Director, Hermand Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp

Yekaterina Chzhen, editor
Social and Economic Policy Specialist, UNICEF Office of Research

Sudhanshu Handa, editor
Professor, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.



1 Introduction: Scope and Methods

Yekaterina Chzhen, Sudhanshu Handa, Bea Cantillon, and Brian Nolan

2 Impact of the Economic Crisis on Children in Rich Countries

Yekaterina Chzhen, Brian Nolan, Bea Cantillon, and Sudhanshu Handa

3 Belgium: Creeping Vulnerability of Children

Julie Vinck, Wim Van Lancker, and Bea Cantillon

4 Child Poverty during the Recession in Germany

Thomas Bahle and Peter Krause

11 Sweden: Child Poverty during Two Recessions

Jan O. Jonsson and Carina Mood

12 Impact of the Recession on Children in the United Kingdom

Jonathan Bradshaw, Yekaterina Chzhen, and Gill Main

13 USA Child Poverty: The Impact of the Great Recession

Christopher Wimer and Timothy M. Smeeding

14 Learning the Lessons: Enhancing Capacity to Protect Children

Brian Nolan, Bea Cantillon, Sudhanshu Handa, and Yekaterina Chzhen

End Matter