Boxill, Ian; Quarless, Richard
Author Affiliation, Ana.
The determinants of poverty among the youth of the Caribbean.
Social and Economic Studies
Date of Publication
This paper examines some of the minor determinants of poverty among youth in the Caribbean. Second, it attempts to investigate the legitimacy of the gender socialization-discrimination theory. The findings from this study point to the fact that poverty among youth is similar to poverty in the larger population, in that it is mainly rural, more severe among female- headed housholds and varies with years of schooling. However, poverty among youth is also greater than in the general population. There is also modest support for the gender socialization-discrimination theory.Thus, it may be argued that while socializtion plays a role in 'sheltering' young females from poverty, it works against older females in the labour market, which tends to give higher rewards to men for similar levels of schooling and skills. Some implications for poverty alleviation programmes in the Caribbean are discussed.....