Measuring poverty: a new approach
National Academy Press, 1995 - Social Science - 501 pages
This book evaluates concepts and procedures for deriving the poverty threshold, definitions of family resources, and procedures for annual updates of poverty measures. It explores issues underlying the poverty measure, analyzes effects of any changes in poverty rates, and discusses the impact on eligibility for public benefits.
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INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
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adjusted adult AFDC benefit amount approach assets assistance programs average basis benefit standard Census Census Bureau changes Consumer Consumer Expenditure Survey consumer units consumption countable current measure deductions definition of family determine developed disposable income dollars earnings effects eligibility equivalence scale estimates evaluate expenses family income family type federal Food Plan Food Stamp Program food stamps four-person family health insurance household housing costs imputed in-kind benefits increase index values low-income March CPS measure of poverty median Medicaid Metropolitan areas multiplier need standard NMES official thresholds Orshansky out-of-pocket expenses out-of-pocket medical panel payments percent percentage points poor population poverty guidelines poverty line poverty rate poverty statistics poverty thresholds procedure proposed measure proposed poverty measure recommend reference family threshold reported Research sample scale economy factor scale value shelter SIPP Social taxes threshold concept Thrifty Food two-adult/two-child families U.S. Department units updating Washington