This chapter outlines some early findings from Young Lives concerning trends in child welfare and the dynamics of child poverty, in particular looking at how poverty is transmitted across generations. Based on data collected when the children were aged 5 and 12, they conclude that economic growth itself will not solve the problems associated with poverty in childhood, and in some instances can accentuate inequalities. They also conclude that the experience of deprivations in childhood cast a very long shadow for children as they grow and develop, and that properly designed social policies can have a protective effect against economic shocks (such as the global financial crisis).
Boyden, J.; Hardgrove, A.; Knowles, C. Continuity and Change in Poor Children’s Lives: Evidence from Young Lives. In: Minujin, A.; Nady, S. (Editors). Global child poverty and well-being.Measurement, concepts, policy and action. Policy Press, Bristol, UK (2012) ISBN 9781847424815