Wilson, Moira; Soughtton, Daniel
August 2009
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;Aug2009, Issue 36, p142
Academic Journal
This paper updates an earlier analysis that examined children's likelihood of being included in a benefit at different ages. We find that up until 2007, children born between 2000 and 2007 were less likely to be included as a dependent child in a main benefit than children born in the 1990s at all ages. The proportion included in a benefit at birth or very soon after fell from around 25% of children born in the 1990s to 20% of children born in 2005 and 2006 and 18% of children born in 2007. Although contact with the benefit system fell, as many as one in five children turning 15 in 2008 are estimated to have been supported by a main benefit for a total of seven or more of their first 14 years of life. An estimated one in ten spent a total of 11 or more of their first 14 years supported by a main benefit.


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