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Archive for August 17th, 2010

Childhood Poverty Persistence: Facts and Consequences

Posted by neocaablogger on August 17, 2010

The U.S. child poverty rate has fluctuated between 15 and 23 percent for
the past four decades, but far more children—37 percent—live in poverty
at some point during their childhoods. Being poor at birth strongly
predicts future poverty status. Using the PSID, this study finds that 49
percent of children who are poor at birth go on to spend at least half
their childhoods living in poverty. In addition, children who are born
into poverty and spend multiple years living in poor families have worse
adult outcomes than their counterparts in higher-income families. (Source: Urban Institute and

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