The costs of child poverty for individuals and society

  • Griggs J
  • Walker R
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Abstract

Child poverty has serious consequences for individuals and wider social implications. These include losses to the economy through reduced productivity, lower educational attainment and poor health. While there is a growing body of evidence on child poverty, comparatively few studies have attached a financial cost to these consequences. This report reviews evidence on the impacts of child poverty in industrialised, OECD counties. It explores the short-, medium- and long-term consequences for individuals, families, neighbourhoods, society and the economy in the following areas: • health: physical and mental health, public health issues; • education: including low educational attainment and skill levels; • employment: low status and precarious employment, worklessness and low levels of employability; • behaviour: inhibiting and anti-social behaviour including crime, smoking, substance misuse and suicide; • financial: income, assets and material hardship; • family and personal relationships: including family difficulties, child abuse, local authority care, friendships and social isolation, future relationships and family formation; • subjective well-being: shame, stigma, lack of autonomy and low self-esteem.

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  • Julia Griggs

  • Robert Walker

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