Child Indicators Research

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 335–356 | Cite as

Child Poverty in the European Union: the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis Approach (EU-MODA)

  • Yekaterina ChzhenEmail author
  • Chris de Neubourg
  • Ilze Plavgo
  • Marlous de Milliano


Poverty has serious consequences for children’s well-being as well as for their achievements in adult life. The Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis for the European Union (EU-MODA) compares the living conditions of children across the EU member states. Rooted in the established multidimensional poverty measurement tradition, EU-MODA contributes to it by using the international framework of child rights to inform the construction of indicators and dimensions essential to children’s material well-being, taking into account the needs of children at various stages of their life cycle. The study adds to the literature on monetary child poverty and material deprivation in the EU by analysing several age-specific and rights-based dimensions of child deprivation individually and simultaneously, constructing multidimensional deprivation indices, and studying the overlaps between monetary poverty and multidimensional deprivation. The paper demonstrates the application of the EU-MODA methodology to three diverse countries: Finland, Romania and the United Kingdom. The analysis uses data from the ad hoc material deprivation module of the EU-SILC 2009 because it provides comparable micro-data for EU member states and contains child-specific deprivation indicators.


Child poverty Child well-being Multidimensional poverty Poverty and deprivation overlap 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yekaterina Chzhen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chris de Neubourg
    • 2
  • Ilze Plavgo
    • 1
  • Marlous de Milliano
    • 1
  1. 1.UNICEF Office of ResearchFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.TIAS School for Business and SocietyTilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands

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