Barns välfärd i Sverige – barnfattigdom, barnomsorg och familjebakgrundens betydelse

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/06/2013
End date: 31/03/2015
Funding: 400000 SEK


The purpose of this research proposal is to fund two research visits by Bruce Bradbury Wales to SOFI at Stockholm University. We have received partial funding for the Swedish part of a project, briefly described below, to study children’s well-being in Sweden. Bradbury’s role is to, building on earlier joint work with Markus Jäntti, to examine children’s well-being in a comparative perspective. The project will produce two papers, both using data from the Luxembourg Income Study database. In the first paper, we will examine long-run trends in child well-being in Sweden compared to other countries, focusing on both relative and absolute levels of living, and examining children in different subsets of the population, such as lone-parent households, separately. Given the large increase in child poverty, especially in lone-parent households, we believe that investigating whether or not this increase has taken place in other countries also is an important question. In the second, we intend to investigate the role of changes in labour markets in accounting for trends in child poverty. In particular, we will extent the analysis in Bradbury and Jäntti (2011) to disentangle the importance of changes in parental labour force participation, hours of work and wage rates, if participating, along with that of changes in taxes and transfers. Both papers will make use of the latest additions to the LIS Database. Bradbury is an economist who has specialized in child well-being and is highly accomplished at using decomposition methods to examine policy-relevant outcomes for children. Apart from his work on child poverty for UNICEF , he has also recently worked on comparisons of child well-being and development in Anglophone countries. He would bring both important analytical skills and detailed knowledge about the institutions that affect child well-being in many countries to the research group.

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