Thursday, 13 July 2017

Children`s outcomes are worse for the poor

I hope the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) are paying attention that household incomes are a very important factor when determining what is going to happen to children..

But, probably not.

I guess they would rather provide opportunities for little businesses to develop on the back of that poverty.


Maybe this is why I think that:

"The importance of money in determining a child’s life prospects is highlighted in a major new study published today with household income found to have a significant impact on everything from children’s cognitive and educational outcomes to their social development and physical health."

"We can now confidently say that money itself matters and needs to be taken into account if we want to improve children’s outcomes," says the review’s co-author, Kerris Cooper. "We often focus on gaps at school but what the evidence shows is that money doesn’t only make a difference to children’s cognitive outcomes, it also makes a difference to their physical health, to birth weight, and to social and behavioural development."

Fifty-five of 61 studies carried out in eight countries over the past three decades showed increases in income to have a positive effect across a variety of measures, according to the systematic review carried out by Cooper and Kitty Stewart of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.

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