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Koen Vleminckx and Timothy M. Smeeding

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342539

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342539.001.0001

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Reducing child poverty in the European Union: the role of child benefits1

Reducing child poverty in the European Union: the role of child benefits1

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(p.406) (p.407) Sixteen Reducing child poverty in the European Union: the role of child benefits1
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Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition)
Author(s):

Herwig Immervoll

Holly Sutherland

Klaas de Vos

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342539.003.0017

This chapter examines the role of child benefits in protecting the children in Europe from financial poverty. It defines ‘child benefits’ as the regular cash payments that are made to parents or other carers on behalf of the children who are dependent on them. The chapter establishes a scale of the problem using the household microdata for 15 countries to count the proportion of children living in households with incomes below the poverty line in Europe. It also attempts to assess the role of existing family benefits in preventing child poverty. The chapter ends with a section on the impacts of national child benefits on the national income distribution and estimates of poverty.

Keywords:   child benefits, financial poverty, household microdata, poverty line, family benefits, national child benefits, impacts of benefits, national income distribution, poverty estimates

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