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Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition)What do we know?$
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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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Public policies that support families with young children: variation across US states

Public policies that support families with young children: variation across US states

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(p.433) Seventeen Public policies that support families with young children: variation across US states
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Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition)
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Marcia K. Meyers

Janet C. Gornick

Laura R. Peck

Amanda J. Lockshin

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342539.003.0018

This chapter discusses a new approach to understanding how state-level policies may affect childhood poverty in the Unites States. It begins with a section on the opportunities for public intervention. The framework in this section is used to identify the characteristics of certain government programmes that can be expected to influence the resources of families. It then employs cluster analysis in order to pinpoint the five groups of states that have similar policy packages as of 1994. A description of the policy packages and an examination of the variation in child poverty rates across the resulting clusters are provided.

Keywords:   state-level policy, childhood poverty, public intervention, government programmes, family resources, cluster analysis, policy packages, child poverty rates

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