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Ethnicity and inequality: British children’s experience of means-tested benefits

Platt, Lucinda ORCID: 0000-0002-8251-6400 (2003) Ethnicity and inequality: British children’s experience of means-tested benefits. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 34 (3). pp. 357-377. ISSN 0047-2328

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This article explores ethnic group differences in the severity of child poverty in Britain. Using administrative data it looks at benefit receipt of families with children over a period of a year and a half. Building on existing work on 'welfare dynamics', but taking the child as the unit of analysis it explores both mobility in benefit receipt and severity of poverty among children supported by benefits. Severity is viewed as a function both of benefit dependency and the extent to which benefits fall short of needs; and in ascertaining income-to-needs shortfalls external measures against which to assess benefit adequacy are introduced. The article investigates differences in benefit mobility and in severity of poverty by ethnic group, and demonstrates that differences in family patterns can result in extreme cumulative disadvantage for British children of Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnicity.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2003 University of Calgary
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: 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
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics
H - Public Economics > H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations > H75 - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2014 17:00
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 08:13

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