How does well-being keep poor people poor

Poor children are bullied more often

Every seventh child in the rich industrial countries lives in relative poverty. This has an impact on his chances in life.

Adolescents are actually doing relatively well in this country. In no other rich industrial country is there such a low level of youth unemployment. And even if Germany treads on the spot in the fight against child poverty, its rate is only lower in northern European countries like Sweden or Finland. This is at least the conclusion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the report "How’s life?" Which it published on Wednesday. If it weren't for the question of subjective satisfaction. The eleven, thirteen and fifteen-year-olds in Germany answered these questions very negatively. Compared to the other 33 OECD countries, the mood among young teenagers is only worse in Turkey, Poland and Canada than here.

In its report, the OECD uses eleven internationally comparable indicators to analyze the living conditions of people in its member states as well as in Russia and Brazil. The study has been published every two years since 2011. This is based on the attempt to measure social progress beyond traditional standards such as gross domestic product (GDP).

However, economic output is not entirely insignificant: at least the material areas of well-being such as income, assets or water quality grow with the per capita GDP, according to the report. All in all, according to the OECD, there are no outstanding champions when it comes to welfare, but some countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland do better than others like Chile, Mexico, Turkey and Greece.

In this year's report, the OECD is primarily concerned with looking at the well-being of children. "Politicians will not be able to build a better society if they do not take care of the concerns of all members of this society - especially those of the youngest," explains OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría. The fight against inequality begins with ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to shape their lives from an early age. After all, one in seven children in OECD countries lives in relative poverty, and children from wealthy and more educated families are more likely to feel more comfortable in schools and are often healthier than children from simpler backgrounds.

In Germany, the gap between rich and poor children is particularly large. In this country, 13.9 percent of children from low-income households are bullied. In the case of the offspring of wealthy families, the figure is only 8.4 percent. The OECD average was 12.4 percent of poor children who were verbally or physically assaulted at least twice in the two months prior to the survey, and 9.4 percent of the rich.

Even if the well-being of children mostly goes hand in hand with the well-being of adults, there are exceptions to the rule: in the USA, Canada and Luxembourg, children are far worse off than adults.

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