Miles Corak has very kindly given us permission to re-blog his post on the UNICEF report launched today – it’s well worth reading. It’s very interesting as a number of the responses he predicts from critics can be found in the Centre for Social Justice report also launched today, but we’ll discuss that in more detail on another post later on this week. Again, just to be clear – this is Miles’ post and not mine

Many thanks Miles,

Regards,

Steve

Economics for public policy

David Morely, UNICEF Canada’s Executive Director, has just issued a bold challenge. “It is clearly time for Canada to prioritize children when planning budgets and spending our nation’s resources, even in tough economic times,” says a press release announcing the publication of a report on child poverty.

In fact, the UNICEF Innocenti Report Card released today is the 10th in a regular series on child poverty in rich countries, each report hitting the headlines every second year or so.

Sadly, when it comes to discussions of child poverty kick-started by these reports there are two things that are not new: the conclusions; and the reaction of pundits and many policy makers. I say “sadly” because the two are not linked, and public policy discussion is not the better.

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