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U.S. Child Poverty Second Highest Among Developed Nations

#1NoName999Posted 4/24/2013 10:04:27 AM
A new report from UNICEF suggests it's possible. The latest edition of UNICEF's report on child poverty in developed countries found that 30 million children in 35 of the world's richest countries live in poverty. Among those countries, the United States ranks second on the scale of what economists call "relative child poverty" -- above Latvia, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, and 29 others. Only Romania ranks higher, with 25.5 percent of its children living in poverty, compared with 23.1 percent in the U.S.

The term "relative child poverty" refers to a child living in a household where the disposable income is less than half of the national median income. Many critics argue that relative poverty isn't the same as real hardship, or absolute poverty.

But the report brushes that away. Poverty is "essentially a relative concept," it says. For example, a little more than a century ago, the wealthiest people in the world didn't have cars. It concedes, however, that the measurement has some weaknesses. First, a child's well-being doesn't always correspond to the parents' income. Second, comparing the relative poverty rates of various countries doesn't make sense unless the countries have similar median incomes.

Because of these weaknesses the report considers "child deprivation." To measure this, researchers produced a list of 14 items found in most middle-class households and counted the number of children whose families couldn't afford them. The list included Internet connection, new clothes, three daily meals, two pairs of properly fitting shoes, and "the opportunity, from time to time, to invite friends home to play and eat."

Ten percent of children in France lack at least two of these things, compared with a little more that 5 percent in the United Kingdom and less than 1 percent in Iceland. Romania lagged well behind most of the developed world, with nearly three-quarters of its children experiencing such deprivation. The U.S. didn't have enough data for a rating.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/us-child-poverty-report-unicef_n_1555533.html#slide=1028926

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#2SaikyoStylePosted 4/24/2013 10:06:07 AM
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#3themastahPosted 4/24/2013 10:23:41 AM
SaikyoStyle posted...
They got us this far.


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#4TheOppositePosted 4/24/2013 10:56:46 AM(edited)
How many poor people in the U.S. aren't married and keep having children? There is a correlation there. Married couples are much less likely to be in poverty than unmarried couples or single people with children.

This is probably explained by the fact that married couples have a greater chance of having a stable life.
#5thegreatsquarePosted 4/24/2013 11:09:21 AM
1: Make sure they're all born.
2: Keep'em Hungry while they grow up.
3: ????
4: Profit.
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#6fudrickPosted 4/24/2013 11:12:51 AM
NoName999 posted...
Second, comparing the relative poverty rates of various countries doesn't make sense unless the countries have similar median incomes.


NoName999 posted...
The U.S. didn't have enough data for a rating.


This is a misleading report, and a misleading topic

TheOpposite posted...
How many poor people in the U.S. aren't married and keep having children? There is a correlation there. Married couples are much less likely to be in poverty than unmarried couples or single people with children.

This is probably explained by the fact that married couples have a greater chance of having a stable life.


Or maybe impoverished individuals are less likely to get married.
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#7RRtexasranger13Posted 4/24/2013 11:21:28 AM(edited)
"23.1% of children live in households with an equivalent income lower than 50% of the national median. Around 1.2% of the GDP is public spending on families in cash transfers, tax breaks and services."

According to this kind of statistic, a nation would be ranked higher (where ranked higher = less poverty) in relative poverty if 5% of the population was lower than 50% of the national median (with a national median of $4,000) than a nation with 10% of the population of the population 50% below the national median (with a national median of $100,000).

This statistic might have its own use in analyzing income inequality, but both the topic title AND the article headline are extremely misleading.
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#8TheOppositePosted 4/24/2013 11:21:59 AM(edited)
Not being married has some serious consequences. First of all, there's nothing making either person in the marriage stay around, and a lot of times this is what results in the single mother problem we see so often in the projects. Secondly, if one of the two leaves it can eliminate an entire income from that family.

That doesn't mean someone you're married to isn't going to leave, but they're an idiot for doing so or giving you a reason to leave yourself.

No one wins in these situations, and it especially hurts the kids, who so many people seem to neglect in today's world in favor of their own selfish interests.
#9Bond_543Posted 4/24/2013 11:25:05 AM
continuing on with supporting liberals old outdated ideas is really helping isnt it? "going forward?" i think not... its just the same as usual.
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#10Sativa_RosePosted 4/24/2013 11:25:31 AM
Thanks, Obama
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