Poor children in rich countries: why we need policy action
Today, nearly 1 in 7 children lives in poverty on average in the OECD, and children often face higher poverty risks than other population groups. Rates are especially high in Chile, Israel, Spain, Turkey and the United States, where more than one in five children live in income poverty. This is almost seven times higher than the rate in Denmark. To tackle the issue, this policy brief says that a significant reduction in child poverty can be achieved through better coverage and targeting of benefits towards poor children. Among the other recommendations are making work pay for both parents and ensuring that tax/benefit systems provide first and second earners in couple families with equally strong financial incentives to work to encourage parental employment and durably protect children against poverty. Enhancing access to affordable all-day childcare after parental leave is also important so that low-income parents can stay in employment and work full-time (Click here to download all figures and data in Ms-Excel).