Child Poverty and its Lasting Consequence

Urban Institute Low-Income Working Families Working Paper No. 21

30 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2013

See all articles by Caroline E. Ratcliffe

Caroline E. Ratcliffe

The Urban Institute - Labor and Social Policy Center

Signe-Mary McKernan

The Urban Institute - Center on Labor, Human Services and Population

Date Written: September 20, 2012

Abstract

One in six newborns were born poor over the past 40 years, and nearly half remained poor half their childhoods. These persistently poor children are nearly 90 percent more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school and are four times more likely to give birth outside of marriage during their teenage years. Children whose parents did not complete high school are less likely to complete high school themselves. This paper examines the magnitude of child poverty, family characteristics related to childhood poverty persistence, and childhood poverty’s lasting consequences.

Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, Poverty, Assets and Safety Net, Race/Ethnicity/Gender

Suggested Citation

Ratcliffe, Caroline E. and McKernan, Signe-Mary, Child Poverty and its Lasting Consequence (September 20, 2012). Urban Institute Low-Income Working Families Working Paper No. 21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2205388 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2205388

Caroline E. Ratcliffe

The Urban Institute - Labor and Social Policy Center ( email )

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United States
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Signe-Mary McKernan (Contact Author)

The Urban Institute - Center on Labor, Human Services and Population ( email )

United States

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