Children of Austerity : Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries Hardback
Edited by Bea (Director, Hermand Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp) Cantillon, Yekaterina (Social and Economic Policy Specialist, UNICEF Office of Research) Chzhen, Sudhanshu (Professor, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil Handa, Brian (Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University o Nolan
The 2008 financial crisis triggered the worst global recession since the Great Depression.
Many OECD countries responded to the crisis by reducing social spending.
Through 11 diverse country case studies (Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States), this volume describes the evolution of child poverty and material well-being during the crisis, and links these outcomes with the responses bygovernments.
The analysis underlines that countries with fragmented social protection systems were less able to protect the incomes of households with children at the time when unemployment soared.
In contrast, countries with more comprehensive social protection cushioned the impact of the crisis on householdswith children, especially if they had implemented fiscal stimulus packages at the onset of the crisis.
Although the macroeconomic 'shock' itself and the starting positions differed greatly across countries, while the responses by governments covered a very wide range of policy levers and varied with their circumstances, cuts in social spending and tax increases often played a major role in the impact that the crisis had on the living standards of families and children.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 368 pages, Figures and Tables
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 27/04/2017
- Category: Development economics
- ISBN: 9780198797968