Poverty in Childhood

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Experiencing poverty in childhood

Are socio-economic outcomes in adulthood dependent on the economic status of our parents?

The HILDA survey is a study of Australian households that has collected data on economic and personal wellbeing since 2001.

We use HILDA data to explore the impact of experiencing disadvantage in childhood on socio-economic outcomes in adulthood.

Our analysis studied 2000 children that we classify into the
following 4 groups

Never Poor: Never experienced poverty during childhood

Occasionally Poor: Experienced poverty for at least 1 year during childhood, but no more than 20% of years

Regularly Poor: Experienced poverty for more than 20% during childhood but no more than 50% of years

Frequently Poor: Experienced poverty for more than 50% of childhood