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Child Poverty and InequalitySecuring a Better Future for America's Children$
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Duncan Lindsey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305449.001.0001

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Eliminating Welfare and Reducing Child Poverty

Eliminating Welfare and Reducing Child Poverty

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Child Poverty and Inequality

Duncan Lindsey

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the limitations and flaws of the welfare program, and suggests different approaches to solving child poverty that have been used in most of the other industrialized nations of Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. The two central approaches to reducing child poverty that have been used in most other industrialized nations are effective child support collection and a progressive children's allowance. The United States has among the worst record in the world in terms of assuring child support collection. This problem is particularly important for poor and low-income children. If the United States were to adopt child support collection approaches used in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere, it could cut child poverty rates in half. Furthermore, if the United States were to adopt a progressive children's allowance as is found in most other countries, it could further substantially cut child poverty.

Keywords:   child poverty, poor children, welfare program, child support collection, children's allowance

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