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ERIC Number: EJ960538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 97
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Childhood and Capability Deprivation in Germany: A Quantitative Analysis Using German Socio-Economic Panel Data
Wust, Kirsten; Volkert, Jurgen
Social Indicators Research, v106 n3 p439-469 May 2012
Child poverty has been widely discussed in Germany since the publication of the third official Poverty and Wealth Report of the German government in 2008 which--inter alia--focused on the situation of children and families. However, child poverty is not only caused by low household incomes and impacts of child poverty are not only restricted to financial consequences. The capability approach takes into account this multidimensionality of well-being and poverty of children. It conceptualizes human well-being as not only depending on financial means but also gives the same importance to the personal and social conversion factors which determine how far financial means can be converted into personal well-being. Before 2008 the capability approach had only been applied to the well-being of adults in Germany, but not specifically to the well-being of children. However, there are several reasons why a capability analysis for children will differ from a capability analysis for adults. Adults' capability sets comprise dimensions that are less relevant for small children while other valuable capabilities have to be added. Furthermore the capability set depends to a large extent on the age of the child. The paper focuses on a multidimensional poverty analysis in the capability perspective of 5-6 years old children. In the domains of "Education/Leisure", "Health", "Social Participation" and "Income" child poverty is measured by predefined indicators. The relationship to the social and personal conversion factors of the caretakers is then evaluated. Additionally, a multidimensional poverty measure is analyzed.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany