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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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Sweden: Child Poverty during Two Recessions

Sweden: Child Poverty during Two Recessions

(p.242) 11 Sweden: Child Poverty during Two Recessions
Children of Austerity

Jan O. Jonsson

Carina Mood

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at child poverty trends in Sweden across two recessions, the first (severe) 1991–6, and the second (hardly noticeable) 2008–10, using a number of measures. Absolute (bread-line) household income poverty and economic deprivation surged, with some lag, during the first recession, but shrunk steadily as the macro-economy improved up until around 2006, after which there is no trend but temporary fluctuations. Relative income poverty fell somewhat during the earlier recession but has grown since the mid-1990s, mainly because of a more precarious situation for one-parent families and non-employed parents (often immigrants). In a rare but theoretically important step, child poverty is also measured by young people’s own reports, showing few trends between 2000 and 2011. While material conditions improved somewhat, relative poverty did not change, in stark contrast to household relative poverty—perhaps because poor parents distribute more economic resources to their children during hard times.

Keywords:   child poverty, economic deprivation, trends, recession, Sweden, child-reported data, breadline poverty, relative poverty, children of single parents, children of immigrants

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