Education and child poverty: A literature review

Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally

The study reviews evidence on whether education in childhood and youth improves a person’s chances in adulthood, and what the effects are of adult learning.

This literature review explores how education can contribute to ending child poverty.

The study reviews evidence on whether education in childhood and youth improves a person’s chances in adulthood, and what the effects are of adult learning.  It reviews evidence on the impact of parental education on children and on employment, and the impact and cost-effectiveness of particular programmes aimed at both adults and children. 

The study finds that education clearly has a powerful general role to play, in combination with other measures, in raising the long-term prospects of people with lifetime disadvantages. However, the challenge lies in creating successful, cost effective programmes.

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