Children of austerity: impact of the great recession on child poverty in rich countries

The 2008 financial crisis triggered the first contraction of the world economy in the post-war era. Children and young people, already at a greater risk of poverty than the population as a whole, were among the main victims of the crisis and ensuing austerity in advanced economies, and the countries most severely affected recorded some of the largest increases in child poverty.

In this book talk, Professor Brian Nolan, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity, will discuss the lessons to be learned from examining how the crisis impacted on children across a variety of rich countries, and give his perspective on how to protect children more effectively from future economic crisis.