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Childhood poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean

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July, 2016

The World Bank briefing note, Childhood Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, revealed that despite the reduction in poverty rates in Latin America, childhood poverty reduction has been slow, especially in Central America and the Caribbean, which is worrying because it is directly related to the future of the region.

According to Oscar Calvo-González, Practice Manager in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank, children in the Latin American region are likely to be poorer than adults, with a poverty rate of 36 percent compared to 19 percent for adults. Why is this so? The author provides two possible explanations related to the measurement of poverty and fertility rates.

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