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Children of AusterityImpact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries$
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Bea Cantillon, Yekaterina Chzhen, Sudhanshu Handa, and Brian Nolan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198797968.001.0001

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Introduction: Scope and Methods

Introduction: Scope and Methods

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Scope and Methods
Children of Austerity
Yekaterina Chzhen, Sudhanshu Handa, Bea Cantillon, Brian Nolan
Oxford University Press

The 2008 financial crisis triggered the first contraction of the world economy in the post-war era. The impact of the crisis and austerity on children varied widely across the rich world. Countries differed in their ‘initial conditions’ with respect both to the extent and nature of child poverty and to the capacity of the welfare state to protect children from the effects of an economic downturn. This introductory chapter sets out the scope and motivation of the volume as well as the overarching research questions and methods. Using a set of in-depth analyses of the impact of the economic crisis and its aftermath on children in eleven OECD countries, the chapter gives an overview of what happened to child poverty in rich countries after the outbreak of the financial and economic crisis, how countries responded to it, and what could be done differently to protect children in future crises.

Keywords:   Children, poverty, economic crisis, economic growth, austerity

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