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Poverty Measure

Jillian Berman

Millions Living Above The Poverty Line Also Struggle To Get By | Jillian Berman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Business

For nearly 30 years, Elena Keating made a career helping low-income Americans find and keep affordable housing. Now, she's the one struggling. Kea...

Who Are the "Lesser People"? What the Fiscal Commission Needs to Hear About Poverty

Stacy Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stacy Sanders

There are far more Americans who are less well-off than we acknowledge. The federal poverty level, the benchmark by which we establish the country's poverty rates, is woefully outdated.

Revising the Poverty Measure and a Better Way to Count the Poor

Reid Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Reid Cramer

For most policymakers, it is never a good time to talk about poverty. When times are flush, their constituents are doing well. When recession hits, ev...

Criticisms of an Improved Poverty Measure Go from Spin to Soap

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

My colleague Jodie Levin-Epstein, deputy director at the Center for Law and Social Policy, penned the following piece. -- Mike You don't need to be a...

Robert Samuelson's Misguided Portrayal of the New Poverty Measure

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

Last week Robert J. Samuelson wrote an ill-conceived column in The Washington Post, which among other things said the Obama administration's developme...

The Poor Feel Poorly

James S. Marks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James S. Marks

In the long run, each life that is diminished by poor education, and diminished goals and achievements drains growth, innovation and health at the expense of our nation's future.

Counting What Counts: Accurate Data Leads to Effective Policy

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

It's time to update the poverty measure. The current U.S. poverty measure is a 1960s creation -- needless to say a lot has changed since then.