Child Material Deprivation in the United States

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is developing a child well-being strategy as part of its Inclusive Growth initiative that aims to share experiences and seek solutions to common issues around child welfare. This report uses American Community Survey (ACS) data to assess the level of children’s material deprivation in the United States, identify common forms of deprivation, and examine the extent to which household income and other familial characteristics affect the risk of multiple deprivations. The report finds that the most common forms of deprivation for children in the United States are living in over-crowded and severely cost-burdened housing, while children from low-income households have substantially higher risk of experiencing multiple material deprivations in a given year.


  • Course: Spring 2019 Workshop in International Public Affairs, PA 860, taught by Tim Smeeding
  • Authors:  Elizabeth Erickson, Morten Lamps, Wendi Qiu, William Wallo
  • Client: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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