Why we need a relative income poverty measure

Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)

The latest international comparisons of child poverty rates from UNICEF show a smaller proportion of children living in relative income poverty in Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia than in the UK, Italy, Spain or the United States. Amid the current political debate about the value of measuring child poverty in this way, Dragan Nastic draws together UNICEF’s perspective to argue why it is still the best measure of the government’s success in countering child poverty.