This study characterizes income inequality and mobility of Canadian children between the ages of 4/5 and 14/15. There is considerable inequality of family income. Moreover, income position is especially persistent for children at the bottom and top of the distribution; this is unfair and may be perpetuated into adulthood. Finally, family structure is very important for children’s material well-being; for example, they experience a considerable drop in income position upon parental separation/ divorce. It is recommended that such children be protected, perhaps through advance maintenance payments.
The brief was prepared by Angela Daley, Dalhousie University.
Burton, Peter; Phipps, Shelley; and Zhang, Lihui
"Policy Brief No. 18 - The Dynamics of Inequality among Canadian Children,"
Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Research/Policy Brief:
5, Article 6.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/pclc_rpb/vol1/iss5/6