Child poverty

The effects of low income, material deprivation and parental employment on outcomes for children both in adulthood and as children

The project is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and will run from June 2005 to May 2007.

The context for this study is provided by:

  • The short, medium and long-term government targets first to reduce and ultimately to eliminate child poverty by 2020.
  • Policies to increase lone parent employment and to reduce the number of children brought up in workless households.

The study will focus on the relation between changes in income and income-related measures (benefit status, material deprivation and employment status) on the one hand, and changes in educational attainment during childhood and adult outcomes such as low income and unemployment on the other. Advanced statistical and econometric techniques will be used to establish the causal status of any relations uncovered.

The 1958 and 1970 cohort studies (NCDS and BCS70) including the studies of the children of the two cohorts will be used. The great strength of these two studies is that they now link data on childhood experiences, and how they changed, to data on the same individuals as adults and as parents.

CLS staff working on this project include: