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Fairness for Children report released by UNICEF

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The new Innocenti Report Card Fairness for Children looks at differences between children at the bottom of the inequality ladder, and their peers in the middle, across 41 advanced economies.

Fairness for Children report released by UNICEF

  • This Report Card presents an overview of inequalities in child well-being of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • The rank emphasizes rich countries on the basis of bottom-end inequality in children’s
  1. Income
  2. Education
  3. Health
  4. Life Satisfaction.

Average rank of Top 10 Countries across all dimensions of inequality



Key Findings of the Report:

  • Denmark is at the top of the overall league table. Denmark’s lowest ranking is eighth in education.
  • Finland, Norway and Switzerland share second place in the overall league table. They rank in the top third in each domain, except education.
  • Israel and Turkey rank lowest in the overall league table. They have comparatively high bottom end inequality in each of the four domains of child well-being for which they have valid data
  • Japan and the United States, were positioned in the bottom in income inequality. In both countries, the household income of a child in the 10th percentile is roughly 40 percent of that of a child in the middle of the income distribution.
    • Estonia, Ireland, Latvia and Poland are the only four countries that managed to lower education inequality while also allowing fewer children to fall below minimum proficiency standards.
    • In 19 out of 41 countries covered by the data, more than 10 percent of children live in households with less than half the middle income.