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Targeting Investments in Children: Fighting Poverty When Resources Are Limited

Phillip B. Levine and David J. Zimmerman


A substantial number of American children experience poverty: about 17 percent of those under the age of eighteen meet the government's definition, and the proportion is even greater within minority groups. Childhood poverty can have lifelong effects, resulting in poor educational, labor market, and physical and mental health outcomes for adults. These problems have long been recognized, and there are numerous programs designed to alleviate or even eliminate poverty; as these programs compete for scarce resources, it is important to develop a clear view of their impact as tools for poverty all ... More

Keywords: American children, poverty, minority groups, childhood poverty, mental health, education, labor market, adulthood, child care, after-school care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226475813
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226475837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip B. Levine, editor

David J. Zimmerman, editor

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I Prologue


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1 Issues in Implementation

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II Early Childhood Interventions

2 Child Development

Greg J. Duncan, Jens Ludwig, and Katherine A. Magnuson

3 Child Care

Patricia M. Anderson

4 Child Health

Lara Shore-sheppard.

III Middle Childhood Interventions

5 After-School Care

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6 Education Reforms

Susanna Loeb and Patrick J. McEwan

IV Adolescent Interventions

7 Preventing Drug Use

Beau Kilmer and Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

8 Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Melissa Schettini Kearney

10 College Aid

David Deming and Susan Dynarski

11 Neighborhood and Community Initiatives

Julia Burdick-Will and Jens Ludwig

12 Vocational Training

Robert LaLonde and Daniel Sullivan

V Epilogue

13 Synthesizing the Results

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14 Conclusions

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