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Innocenti Working Papers

The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) was created to strengthen UNICEF's research capability and to support its advocacy for children worldwide. The Working Papers (formerly Innocenti Occasional Papers), are the foundation of the Centre's research output, underpinning many of the Centre's other publications. These high quality research papers are aimed at an academic and well-informed audience, contributing to ongoing discussion on a wide range of child-related issues.

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Impacts of the Global Crisis and Policy Responses on Child Well-Being

A Macro-Micro Simulation Framework

This paper outlines the methodology of a UNICEF research project on the impact of the global economic crisis on children in Western and Central Africa, which can also be applied to study the effects of other socio-economic shocks on households and, particularly on children in developing countries. To understand the nature and the extent of the effects of a crisis in developing countries requires a rigorous analysis of the transmission mechanisms at both the macro and micro levels. This paper provides a tool to attempt to predict ex ante the impacts of the crisis, and possible policy responses, on households and their children. As timely data monitoring child well-being are not readily available to guide the rapid implementation of policies to protect children, predictive model was developed that anticipates the impacts of the crisis on various essential dimensions of child well-being. Specifically, this paper proposes and discusses a combined macro-micro model following a top-down approach.

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Keywords: education, CGE, child labour, micro-econometrics, hunger, socio-economic crisis, child poverty, macro-micro models, health
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