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Measure by Measure: the Current Poverty Measure V. the National Academy of Sciences Measures

Posted on April 25, 2009 by Dorothy Smith

During the 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama stated that a modern federal poverty measure was needed to “more accurately reflect the costs of living and the economic pressures on American families.” The need for a new measure has been recognized for some time. The central critique is that the current poverty measure is based on outdated assumptions about family expenditures… Read More

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