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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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Recession, Recovery, and Regime Change: Effects on Child Poverty in Hungary

Recession, Recovery, and Regime Change: Effects on Child Poverty in Hungary

(p.118) 6 Recession, Recovery, and Regime Change: Effects on Child Poverty in Hungary
Children of Austerity

András Gábos

István György Tóth

Oxford University Press

Despite high spending on family benefits and the high poverty reduction effectiveness of cash benefits, the risk of child poverty in Hungary have been higher than the EU average since the early 1990s in which the relatively high share of children in very low work-intensity households played a significant role. The crisis period brought an even higher poverty risk for children. According to the chapter’s findings, the increase in child poverty in the first phase of the crisis was driven by labour market processes (an increasing share of children in low work-intensity households), while the automatic stabilizers reduced the magnitude of these effects. By contrast, in the second phase, labour market processes started to improve (although mainly through controversial policy tools, like public work and outward migration), though the shift towards a regressive social policy regime contributed to increased poverty rates via the reduced poverty reduction impacts of cash benefits.

Keywords:   child poverty, Great Recession, cash benefits, employment, low work intensity

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