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OECD Policy Insights on Well-being, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity

This series features policy and statistical insights on the measurement agenda for well-being, inclusiveness, sustainability and equal opportunity as well as analysis to help deepen the understanding of the drivers of these issues, the ways in which they interact and how they evolve. Learn more about these key topics in just a few pages.

English Also available in: French

The economic costs of childhood socio-economic disadvantage

Childhood socio-economic disadvantage has significant lifelong consequences that limit opportunities and lead to economic and social costs for both individuals and societies. Disadvantaged children often fall behind in skills development, experience poorer physical and mental health, and face limited job options and earning potential as adults. Tackling childhood disadvantage requires reinforcing actions to prevent its occurrence and mitigate its lifelong consequences, with a focus on policies that minimize the impact of socio-economic disadvantage. Learn more in our Policy Insights where we explore the economic costs of childhood socio-economic disadvantage in European OECD countries.

English Also available in: French

Keywords: health, families, children, inequality, child well-being, education
JEL: I31: Health, Education, and Welfare / Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty / General Welfare; Well-Being; I32: Health, Education, and Welfare / Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty / Measurement and Analysis of Poverty; J13: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics / Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
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