Measuring Poverty:: A New Approach

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Each year's poverty figures are anxiously awaited by policymakers, analysts, and the media. Yet questions are increasing about the 30-year-old measure as social and economic conditions change.

In Measuring Poverty a distinguished panel provides policymakers with an up-to-date evaluation of

  • Concepts and procedures for deriving the poverty threshold, including adjustments for different family circumstances.
  • Definitions of family resources.
  • Procedures for annual updates of poverty measures.

The volume explores specific issues underlying the poverty measure, analyzes the likely effects of any changes on poverty rates, and discusses the impact on eligibility for public benefits. In supporting its recommendations the panel provides insightful recognition of the political and social dimensions of this key economic indicator.

Measuring Poverty will be important to government officials, policy analysts, statisticians, economists, researchers, and others involved in virtually all poverty and social welfare issues.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
17
What Is Poverty?
19
The Official US Poverty
24
Alternative Poverty Measures and Criteria for a Measure
31
Recommendations
39
Use of the Poverty Measure in Government Programs
89
POVERTY THRESHOLDS
97
Threshold Concepts
98
Results
256
Data Sources
280
OTHER ISSUES IN MEASURING POVERTY
293
Unit of Analysis and Presentation
301
Indexes of Poverty
308
The Limited Scope of Measuring Economic Poverty
314
USE OF THE POVERTY MEASURE IN GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
317
Recommendation
318

Recommendations
100
Expert Budgets
107
Relative Threshold
124
Subjective Threshold
134
Conclusions
140
Implementing the Proposed Approach
145
ADJUSTING POVERTY THRESHOLDS
159
Adjustments by Geographic Area
182
DEFINING RESOURCES
203
Alternatives for Defining Resources
206
Proposed Resource Definition
218
EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSED POVERTY MEASURE
247
Data and Procedures
248
Government Assistance Programs
320
Using the Proposed Poverty Measure
327
THE POVERTY MEASURE AND AFDC
335
Determining Program Benefit Levels
336
Determining State AFDC Standards of Need
352
DISSENT
385
DATA SOURCES FOR MEASURING POVERTY
391
THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF THE TIME AND MONEY
421
ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR PEOPLE WITH LOW INCOMES
433
REFERENCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
449
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PANEL MEMBERS AND STAFF
483
INDEX
489
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About the author (1995)

ROBERT MICHAEL is Professor of European History at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he has taught the Holocaust for 25 years. He has published over 50 articles on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism and several books, including The Holocaust Chronicle (1999) and The Holocaust: A Chronology and Documentary (1998). He is a recipient of the American Historical Association's James Harvey Robinson Prize for the "most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field" (1997).