Poverty Research Diary (Completed)

Friday 27th May, 2016 7:11pm
OK. Firstly DO NOT be fooled. Just because I haven’t written for a while does not mean I haven’t been researching. I have. And today the penny dropped, well several did. And I did a draft outline of what will be in the report.

The first penny was this. When looking at why 0-5year olds and why the impact during that age range was so profound I discovered that the reason is because not only are these the years at which the most rapid intake of information is happening. But, it is also the time that the family environment and parental interaction is at its most influential and before outside environments and peers take the dominant role.

The second penny was, given the above, if cognitive and socio-emotional development is impaired during the preschool phase, it makes it almost impossible for the acquisition of human capital during the school years.  This in turn effects the long term financial outcomes of the child. Due to the inability to form these types of relationships.

It’s intriguing. Anyway, on the home stretch just have to compile the information into the report… stay tuned.

img_6396Monday 16th May, 2016
Well, it’s not that I haven’t done anything fortwo days, but my time to ruminate about it has been non-existent.

To be truthful. The more I study poverty, whilst experiencing poverty, the more depressed (and hungry) I get. So here is a summation of today.  Looking at the previous data from the US paper there were definite themes about what the experience of childhood poverty affected.

  • hours worked
  • years of school completed
  • health (mental & physical)
  • teenage pregnancy
  • weekly income

So, taking guidance from these themes today I looked at highschool retention rates for Ambarvale HS (which is the are high school for Rosemeadow). Looking over the NSW numbers for high school retention, it is clear that all low socio economic area suffer from drastically lower numbers than their higher SE counterparts.

I also started gathering numbers from ABS. There may be difficulty in covering the area I intended to as there is no relevant longitudinal data on employment, hours worked etc etc as 2011 (the last census date) appears to be the first year the categories were included.

The report from the ACOSS on poverty in Australia is also relevant.

the visual reference board begins

Friday 13th May 2016 10:34

Ok. So here it begins. This is not to say that the research is just beginning, but I’ve just managed to spend the last hour trying to format my blog page so that there is some order. Time well spent? I think not. But it was necessary. Later on today I will write up a summation of some of the existing papers that I have read this week on the long term effects on childhood poverty on financial outcomes.

Basically there is not much longitudinal data available researchers only worked out in the 1970’s that there was no meaning in this social data without the assistance of time passing. Basically childhood poverty experienced between age 0-5 has the most negative impact. The experience of childhood poverty in this age range cuts in half the amount of money and hours worked as an adult. It also triples the likeliness of incarceration, particularly in men. It reduces the amount of time spent in school and therefore impacts long term earning capacity. Human capital is also great effected. That happens early on and continues through life as human capital you gather as a child impacts your network longterm.

Just interesting. I’ll add the papers later today.

21:05 Sameday

I just wanted to continue my reign of efficiency.  The paper that I was reading was The Importance of Early Childhood Poverty that was published on 25 May 2011 by Springer Science + Business Media B.V. All result analyses in the paper are American, but was of value as it treats the area of longitudinal financial and employment outcomes and connects the dots so to speak.

Tonight I was reading the Innocenti Report Card 2016, searching for a consistant way to draw the line under poverty, what it is and what it isn’t. It was not helpful. The ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) may be my line in the sand.