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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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Child Poverty during the Recession in Germany

Child Poverty during the Recession in Germany

(p.56) 4 Child Poverty during the Recession in Germany
Children of Austerity

Thomas Bahle

Peter Krause

Oxford University Press

In Germany child poverty was hardly affected by the crisis, but continues to be a structural problem. The chapter describes the main trends in child poverty before and over the crisis. Furthermore it analyses why the crisis did not have a strong impact and which structural problems in the German welfare system and on the labour market have contributed to the persistence of child poverty. Structural problems are identified in particular in three areas: access to employment, low earnings and low social benefits which are not targeted at low-income families. Single-mother families and parents with low qualifications therefore continue to have a high poverty risk, even when the conditions have improved after the first years of the crisis.

Keywords:   child poverty, families, income inequality, recession, Germany, social policies, family policies, minimum income protection, unemployment, low income

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