Child Poverty (2008-2009)

In collaboration with Applica (Brussels), TÁRKI Social Research Institute carried out a study on child poverty. The study is commissioned by the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (DG EMPL) of the European Commission VC/2008/0287. The steering committee included István György Tóth (TÁRKI), Terry Ward (Applica), Michael Förster (OECD), Hugh Frazer (National University of Ireland), Petra Hoelscher (UNICEF), Eric Marlier (CEPS/INSTEAD) and Holly Sutherland (University of Essex). Orsolya Lelkes (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna) and Manos Matsaganis (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece).

The study, which was considered as a follow-up of the work carried out in 2007 by the Commission and the Member States and notably of the report on child poverty and child well-being prepared by the EU Task Force on child poverty and child well-being, aimed at assisting the development of more coherent and integrated policies to combat child poverty and exclusion in the Member States.

The project included four main tasks. First, the report gave an in-depth empirical analysis aimed at identifying the determinants of child poverty and the key challenges in each Member State. Second, the study aimed to give an overview and assessment of the relative effectiveness of existing child and family care policies in Member States to prevent and reduce child poverty and social exclusion in three areas: income support, access of parents to the labour market and access to enabling services. Third, the research identified a reduced set of indicators, which best reflected the multi-dimensional nature of child well-being. Fourth, the consortium held a seminar in November 2009 in order to present and discuss the results of the previous months. As a main output of the project, a comprehensive and comparative report on child poverty and well-being was prepared.

Click here to read the final report. 

Researchers: István György Tóth, Péter Szivós, András Gábos, Anikó Bernát, Marianna Kopasz, Márton Medgyesi