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Longitudinal Aspects of Childhood Poverty

Greg J. Duncan and Willard L. Rodgers
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 50, No. 4 (Nov., 1988), pp. 1007-1021
DOI: 10.2307/352111
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352111
Page Count: 15
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Longitudinal Aspects of Childhood Poverty
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Abstract

In this study, estimates of the prevalence of childhood poverty were obtained with data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics by the method of increment-decrement tables. This method is useful for making unbiased estimates of the expected years of childhood poverty for children in various demographic subgroups and for associating transitions into and out of poverty with various events. Racial differences in childhood poverty are found to be especially pronounced and cannot be accounted for by racial differences in family structure. Surprisingly, changes in the labor supply of family members other than the head or wife are associated with transitions into and out of poverty to a greater extent than are any other events.

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