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Children's Opportunities in Germany - An Application Using Multidimensional Measures Charlotte Bartels, Maximilian Stockhausen In: German Economic Review 18 (2017), 3, S. 327-376

Abstract:

Single parents and unmarried couples are increasingly replacing the traditional nuclear family. This paper investigates if the greater variety in living arrangements contributes to increased resource disparities among children in Germany. Children in single parent families are disadvantaged in at least three dimensions decisive for their later achievements: material standard of living, parental education, and parental childcare time. We compute multidimensional inequality and poverty indices using SOEP data from 1991 to 2012. We distinguish between parental and publicly provided childcare, which is an increasingly important in-kind benefit in Germany. We find that both multidimensional inequality and poverty declined as expanded public childcare strongly reduces resource disparities among children.

JEL-Classification:

D30;D63;I32;J12;J13

Keywords:

Multidimensional Inequality, Multidimensional Poverty, Inequality Indices, Demography