The Children Left Behind

A League Table of Inequality in Child Well-Being in the World’s Rich Countries

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Report Card 9 The Children Left Behind presents a first overview of inequalities in child well-being for 24 Member States of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Report Card focuses on the relative gap between children in the bottom of the distribution with those occupying the median. Three dimensions of well-being are examined: material, education, and health. In each case, the questions asked are: how far behind children are being allowed to fall, and why some countries are doing so much better at protecting their most vulnerable children.

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Part 2

A case has been made that national averages are an insufficient guide to national performance in meeting children’s needs. Equity measures, and in particular measures of bottom end inequality, are also needed. (The UNICEF global report on Progress for Children 2010 makes a similar case for the inclusion of equity measures in monitoring the Millennium Development Goals).

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