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Ten year transitions in children's experience of living in a workless household: variations by ethnic group

Platt, Lucinda (2010) Ten year transitions in children's experience of living in a workless household: variations by ethnic group. Population Trends, 139 . pp. 70-90. ISSN 0307-4463

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Abstract

Over the last few decades, there has been an increase in the proportion of children growing up in workless households, that is households in which no adult member is in paid work. This proportion has stabilised, and has declined slightly in recent years. Worklessness among households with children is viewed as a cause for concern for two reasons: firstly, because children in workless households are much more likely to be growing up in poverty; secondly, because of concern that worklessness in families with children may be subject to intergenerational transmission. We know surprisingly little about children's experience of household worklessness over time, particularly over their childhood as a whole, even though worklessness is heavily implicated in higher poverty risks. Children from most minority ethnic groups are at substantially higher risk of household worklessness than those from the majority. For some ethnic groups, children's rates of living in a workless household are associated with high rates of lone parenthood. For others it is worklessness in couple parent families that predominates. This article uses the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Longitudinal Study to explore differences in risks of worklessness over time, among ethnic groups within a single cohort of children who are observed at two time points, 10 years apart.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/pt/index.html
Additional Information: © 2010 Crown copyright
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I31 - General Welfare; Basic Needs; Living Standards; Quality of Life; Happiness
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J11 - Demographic Trends and Forecasts
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J64 - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
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Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2014 12:47
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/55454/

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