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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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The Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty: The Case of Italy

The Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty: The Case of Italy

(p.170) 8 The Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty: The Case of Italy
Children of Austerity

Luisa Natali

Chiara Saraceno

Oxford University Press

The duration and depth of the crisis in Italy were largely a consequence of long-term structural features of the Italian economy and of its weak and fragmented social safety net, together with an over-reliance on the capability of family solidarity. The crisis most affected those children that also before showed higher poverty rates: children living in large, often single earner households, particularly in the South, in lone parent and in migrant households. Poor children were also most affected by financial cuts in education, social, and health services implemented under the austerity measures. Poverty, and particularly children’s poverty entered the policy agenda only very recently, with the design of a minimum income benefit targeted specifically to households with children suffering absolute poverty. The main drivers of children’s poverty—low household work intensity, inadequate and inefficient child-linked benefits, scarcity of work-family conciliating policies to support mothers’ labour force participation—remain unaddressed.

Keywords:   territorial differentiation, familialism, fragmentary welfare state, absolute poverty, educational poverty, double-dip crisis, Italy, children

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