Childhood Poverty Persistence: Facts and Consequences

  title={Childhood Poverty Persistence: Facts and Consequences},
  author={Caroline E. Ratcliffe and Signe-Mary McKernan},
Child poverty rates have ranged between 15 percent and 23 percent over the past four decades. These rates, however, do not reveal how long children live in poverty. Many families cycle into and out of poverty over time, while others remain poor many years. Persistent poverty among children is of particular concern, as the cumulative effect of being poor may lead to especially negative outcomes and limited opportunities. Using Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) data from 1968 through 2005… CONTINUE READING

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