Sources of Support and Income Inequality Among America's Children

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Sources of Support and Income Inequality Among America's Children

October 1, 1999

Abstract

This paper creates an "inequality index" which finds that the states with the greatest gaps between rich and poor generally have a larger proportion of their children living in poverty. Of the 13 states studied, California, Mississippi, New York, and Texas have the most inequality in family income available to children. The inequality index looks at how well off children in each of the 13 states studied are relative to others in the same state. The income available to children varies widely by state.

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