According to the OECD, child poverty is measured as the proportion of children living in households with an equivalised disposable income of less than half of the median income of the total population. Just how prevalent is child poverty across the world’s developed economies?
While countries in northern Europe have the lowest rates of child poverty, according to the OECD, the highest rates can be found in Israel, Turkey and Mexico where over a quarter of children live in poor families. Child poverty is seven times higher in Israel and Turkey than in lowest-placed Denmark. Since 2007, child poverty has risen in over two-thirds of OECD countries with considerable increases seen in Turkey, Spain and Greece.