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Document Number: 7093

Understanding Recent Changes in Child Poverty - Over the past 10 years, U.S. child poverty rates took two sharp turns: a major reduction from 1993 to 2000 followed by a slight hike from 2000 to 2004. This brief shows that economic conditions, together with parental education and work, are the dominant factors behind recent changes in child poverty. Changes in the share of families headed by single parents seem to have played almost no role in the recent changes in child poverty. According to the analysis, the 1993 to 2000 drop in child poverty is largely due to improvements in the job market, especially for less-educated workers. The report finds that the economic downturn beginning in 2000 hit all families, even those with more education, but the families of black children were hit hardest. (Austin Nichols, The Urban Institute, August 2006) ...

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