The importance of income for children and families: an updated review of the evidence | CPAG

The importance of income for children and families: an updated review of the evidence

Date: 
01 January 2018
Issue: 
Poverty 159 (Winter 2018)

It is an all too familiar fact that children from low-income households tend to do less well than children whose parents are better off. They have worse health, do less well at school, and are more likely to have behavioural problems. In a systematic evidence review conducted in 2013, Kerris Cooper and Kitty Stewart found clear confirmation that low income is itself one reason for these worse outcomes, and not just a proxy for other factors such as parental education. They explain why they decided to update the review in 2017, and what the expanded evidence base tells us.

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