What is child poverty?

Swedish academics Jan O. Jonsson and Carina Mood will discuss conceptual and practical questions relating to the meaning and measurement of child poverty.

What is child poverty?

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Event type: Public Lectures

2 October 2018 from 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm 2nd Oct 2018 12:30pm 2nd Oct 2018 1:30pm

RHLT2, Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House

We can all agree that child poverty must be eliminated. Can we all agree on what child poverty actually is? This lecture deals with conceptual and practical questions relating to the meaning and measurement of child poverty. Swedish researchers Carina Mood and Jan O. Jonsson discuss different aspects of hardship and relative deprivation, the distinction between child poverty and household poverty, and the importance of having a longitudinal perspective. Moreover, they describe their experiences of surveying and measuring child poverty, including their collections of data directly from children and youth. Throughout they give examples from data we have collected on Swedish children and youth.

About the presenters

Jan O. Jonsson is Professor of Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford University and at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University. His research is primarily in social stratification, including educational inequality and social mobility, and in the living conditions of young people.

Carina Mood is Professor of Sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University. Her research interests include poverty, inequality, intergenerational transmission of advantage, and the welfare and well-being of children and youth, and she is part of the Level-of-living team at SOFI.