Child Poverty Insights - Does Money affect children’s outcomes?

Date: 1st November 2013
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

This edition of Child Poverty Insights discusses a review of evidence on the relationship between household financial resources and children's outcomes in richer countries.

The review, initiated by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, more specifically seeks to answer if raising household income itself makes a difference to children's outcomes, or if it would be better to focus on investing in schools or improving parenting skills.

In short, the research found very strong evidence that money matters: children from lower-income households have worse outcomes in part because they are poorer, not just because poverty is correlated with other household and parental characteristics.