Poverty & Inequality

Most of the families in the Young Lives study are poor, or relatively poor. What has economic growth meant for them? On the whole, they have become less poor, despite the global financial crisis. During the past 15 years, there has been a pattern of generally rising living standards, with many families noticing improvements in their homes and communities. However, progress for Young Lives families has been uneven. Often, it is the children from better-off families who have experienced the greater gains, so disadvantage is increasingly concentrated among the most marginalised children and inequalities are becoming entrenched.

Latest research: Poverty and inequality

'How Many Rooms Are There in Your House?' Constructing the Young Lives Wealth Index
Technical notes
Child-sensitive Social Protection
Poverty and Intergenerational Change: Preliminary Findings from the Round 5 Survey in India
Country report
Heterogeneity in the impact of drought on child human capital - evidence from Ethiopia
Student paper
Economics and Human Biology
Childhood obesity among the poor in Peru: Are there implications for cognitive outcomes?
Journal Article
Economics and Human Biology
Household food group expenditure patterns are associated with child anthropometry at ages 5, 8 & 12 years in Ethiopia, India, Peru & Vietnam
Journal Article
Children, Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals
Journal Article
Comparison of the Effects of Government and Private Preschool Education on the Developmental Outcomes of Children: Evidence From Young Lives India
Working paper

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