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Empirical Analysis using Household and Micro-level Datasets

Formal empirical analysis of the social impact of crises, policy adjustments and other economic events is typically underpinned by an ex- post analysis using nationally representative household survey data.

Social Budget Tracking and Analysis

Social budget tracking and analysis tools monitor the extent of priority and protection given to public budget items and can influence government policies in favour of allocations to children and families.

A Child Rights Lens for Poverty and Social Impact Analyses (PSIAs)

Poverty and Social Impact Analyses, PSIAs, are aimed at facilitating an ex-ante understanding of the potential distributional impacts of a given policy reform. Child rights centered PSIAs, add a child focus to these impact assessments, as tools specifically designed to promote more child sensitive real-time policy making.

How Economic Shocks Affect Poor Households and Children

The global financial crisis that erupted in 2008, coupled with food and fuel price volatility, are likely to affect developing countries, and within them the vast majority of the world’s poor population in profound ways.  Based on both experiences in previous crises and the information that is available thus far on the current crises, this working brief examines the channels through which this combination of crises can affect households and their children.


  1. How Economic Shocks Affect Poor Households and Children (2009)
    Authors: Mendoza, R., and E. Strand
    Social and Economic Policy Working Brief, July 2009, UNICEF Department of Policy and Practice, New York