Researchers: István György Tóth, Péter Szivós, András Gábos, Anikó Bernát, Marianna Kopasz, Márton Medgyesi
In collaboration with Applica (Brussels), TÁRKI Social Research Institute is currently carrying out a study on child poverty. The study is commissioned by the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (DG EMPL) of the European Commission VC/2008/0287. The project has only recently started and the planned duration is until December 15, 2009.
The steering committee includes István György Tóth (TÁRKI), Terry Ward (Applica), Michael Förster (OECD), Hugh Frazer (National University of Ireland), Petra Hoelscher (UNICEF), Eric Marlier (CEPS/INSTEAD) and Holly Sutherland (University of Essex). Orsolya Lelkes (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna) and Manos Matsaganis (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece) also join the research team.
The study, which is conceived as a follow-up of the work carried out in 2007 by the Commission and the Member States and notably of the report on child poverty and child well-being prepared by the EU Task Force on child poverty and child well-being, aims at assisting the development of more coherent and integrated policies to combat child poverty and exclusion in Member States.
The project includes four main tasks. First, the report will give an in-depth empirical analysis aimed at identifying the determinants of child poverty and the key challenges in each Member State. Second, the study aims to give an overview and assessment of the relative effectiveness of existing child and family care policies in Member States to prevent and reduce child poverty and social exclusion in three areas: income support, access of parents to the labour market and access to enabling services. Third, the research wishes to identify a reduced set of indicators, which best reflect the multi-dimensional nature of child well-being. Fourth, as an ending of the project the consortium plans to hold a seminar in November 2009 in order to present and discuss the results of the previous months. As a main output of the project, a comprehensive and comparative report on child poverty and well-being will be prepared and edited.