FISCAL STUDIES, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 265–298 (2018) 0143-5671
The Many Dimensions of Child Poverty:
Evidence from the UK Millennium
† and G
†University of Shefﬁeld
‡University of Shefﬁeld
In this paper, we use a multidimensional framework to characterise child
poverty in the UK. We examine the interdependencies amongst the different
dimensions of multidimensional poverty and the relationship between
multidimensional poverty and income poverty. We also explore the links
between multidimensional poverty, income poverty and children’s cognitive
Submitted January 2016.
The authors are grateful to the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education, for the use of the
Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) and to the UK Data Archive and the Economic and Social Data Service for
providing them with access to the data. The authors would like to thank conference and seminar participants
for their useful comments at: the Centre for Longitudinal Studies Cohort Conference, Institute of Education,
London, November 2012; the Fifth Meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ),
University of Bari, Italy, July 2013; the Shefﬁeld cross-government (Department for Work and Pensions,
Department for Education and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) Economics Group Seminar,
Shefﬁeld, September 2013; the University of East Anglia, December 2013; and the Melbourne Institute
of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, June 2016. They would also like
to thank Peter Moffat and Robert Sugden for helpful discussions and Sarah Brown and Steve McIntosh
for their comments on an earlier draft of the paper. They also thank the referee and the Joint Editor for
their very valuable comments, which have much improved the paper. Part of the research for this paper
was undertaken while Dickerson was Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at the
University of Melbourne, and he would like to thank them for their kind hospitality. All responsibility for
the analysis and interpretation of these data lies with the authors.
Keywords: multidimensional poverty, income poverty, persistent poverty, child development.
JEL classiﬁcation numbers: I32, J13, J62.
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