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Income Instability in the Lives of Hispanic Children

Publication number: 2015-47

Author(s): Lisa Gennetian; Christopher Rodrigues; Heather D. Hill; Pamela Morris

Publication date: Dec 2015

Doc type: Brief

Recent estimates suggest that differences in the amount of income instability (the amount of fluctuation in income, measured monthly) between the highest- and lowest-income households with children has increased nearly five-fold from 1984 to 2010, with the lowest-income households becoming less income stable. In this research brief, we take a close look at poverty and income instability among Hispanic children and compare their experiences with those of non-Hispanic children. This brief focuses on the following questions: Do experiences of income instability differ for Hispanic versus non-Hispanic children overall? Do these experiences differ for lower-income as compared to higher-income Hispanic and non-Hispanic children? Does income instability differ by Hispanic children’s select household and demographic characteristics?

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