Social insecurity: children and benefit dynamics

ChildrenSocial insecurity: children and benefit dynamics uses administrative data to explore benefit dynamics for children in Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham, over the period January 1998 to June 1999. As the benefits in question (housing benefit and council tax benefit) are means tested, the dynamics are also informative about moves in and out of low income.

The article is original in its use of quarterly data to provide a comprehensive picture of benefit dynamics, in treating the child rather than the benefit claimant as the unit of analysis, and also in including ethnic group differences in its analysis of benefit exit and re-entry.

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