Poverty and shocks

Economic 'shocks’ and adverse events such as rises in food prices, drought, unemployment, illness or death are part of the common experience of chronic poverty. For children, their impact can be devastating. Families may respond by eating less, reducing household assets, and accumulating debt, all of which are likely to have long-term consequences for the amount available to support children and thus for children’s development. Children are also often involved in the reduction of risks for themselves and their families from an early age.

Young Lives research highlights the link between households being affected by some forms of shock and having an increased chance of either remaining or becoming poor. Our evidence shows that the most disadvantaged households are most vulnerable to adversities and have least resources to overcome them. We are also exploring the links between childhood poverty, the strategies people use to earn their living and the assets available to them, and the implications for children’s long-term life chances.

Latest research: Poverty and shocks

Heterogeneity in the impact of drought on child human capital - evidence from Ethiopia
Student paper
Can the Major Public Works Policy Buffer Negative Shocks in Early Childhood? Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India
Journal Article
“I started working because I was hungry”: The consequences of food insecurity for children's well-being in rural Ethiopia
Journal Article
Multidimensional Child Poverty: Including Children’s Perspectives
Multidimensional Child Poverty: Including Children’s Perspectives
Policy paper
Thirsty for Work: The Impact of Early Life Rainfall Shocks on Employment Outcomes in Ethiopia
Student paper
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Between Hope and a Hard Place: Boys and Young Men Negotiating Gender, Poverty and Social Worth in Ethiopia
Working paper
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Effects of Parental Health Shocks on Children’s Schooling
Journal Article
Risk and Protecting Factors for Children Experiencing Adverse Events
Book / chapter

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