Climate Change & Child Poverty in OECD Countries

Climate change has wide-ranging negative effects on public infrastructure, socio-economic and demographic inequality, and physical and mental health outcomes. Children in poverty are at highest risk of experiencing these impacts. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development requested the completion of an analysis mapping out the connection between climate change, child poverty in wealthy nations, and childhood development. We propose policy options to ameliorate potential high-risk harms to children in poverty living in OECD countries from climate change and mitigation of climate change. We also identify gaps in literature and research that should be pursued to better understand this urgent issue.


  • Course: Spring 2020 Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by Timothy Smeeding
  • Authors:  Nicole Adrian, Brian Barnett, Laura Bunn, Morgan Galecki, Jacob Ginn, Bill Plumley
  • Client: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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