The central message of this paper is that child poverty is much more complicated than just looking at income levels. In determining how a child's needs are met, it is important to consider how resources are shared and used within a household, the value of other services provided (eg child care, education) and the value of parental care.
This review addresses five main questions:
- How should we define child poverty?
- Should it be a focus of policy concern?
- How should it be measured?
- What causes it?
- What policy strategies can be used to combat it?