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Fairness for Children

A League Table of Inequality in Child Well-being in Rich Countries

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This Report Card presents an overview of inequalities in child well-being in 41 countries of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It focuses on ‘bottom-end inequality’ – the gap between children at the bottom and those in the middle – and addresses the question ‘how far behind are children being allowed to fall?’in income, health and life satisfaction.

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Fairness for children

In this section, we investigate the extent to which the socio-economic status (SES) of a child’s family predicts his or her outcomes in education, health and life satisfaction – what social scientists refer to as the ‘social gradient’. With income inequality rising in most rich countries, analysts have asked whether this will affect equality of opportunity in the future. Indeed, the OECD recently warned that rising income inequality can “stifle upward social mobility”.

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