Poverty Measure

The Poverty Measure: Research

In this section, Spotlight has compiled key research that examines how and whether the federal government should update the poverty measure. The resources below explore the state of the current measure, as well as alternative approaches to measuring poverty. This section also includes comparative studies that evaluate the current U.S. method with that of other industrialized nations.


THE CURRENT MEASURE



Drawing the Line
Jessie Romero, Econ Focus-Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, May 2013

A State-by-State Snapshot of Poverty Among Seniors: Findings From Analysis of the Supplemental Poverty Measure
Zachary Levinson, Anthony Damico, Juliette Cubanski and Patricia Neuman, Kaiser Family Foundation, May 2013

Measuring Up: Aspirations for Economic Security in the 21st Century
Insight Center for Community Economic Development, April 2013

The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2011
New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, April 2013

         Wisconsin Poverty Report: How the Safety Net Protected Families from Poverty in 2010
Yiyoon Chung, Julia B. Isaacs, Timothy M. Smeeding and Katherine A. Thornton, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2012

         The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2010
Christine D’Onofrio, John Krampner, Mark Levitan, Daniel Scheer and Todd Seidel, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, April 2012

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Were Antipoverty Policies Effective in 2009?
Joanna Y. Marks, Julia B. Isaacs, Timothy M. Smeeding and Katherine A. Thornton,
Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 2011

Bruce D. Meyer and James X. Sullivan, The Harris School of Public Policy Studies, The University of Chicago, August 2009

Mark Greenberg, Center for American Progress, August 2009

Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau, August 2008

Nancy K. Cauthen and Sarah Fass, National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, June 2008

Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation, August 2007

Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS, February 2007

Nicholas Eberstadt, American Enterprise Institute, August 2006

Daniel Weinberg, U.S. Census Bureau, April 2006

Jared Bernstein and Arloc Sherman, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 2006

Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, U.S. Census Bureau, 1976

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ALTERNATIVES TO THE CURRENT MEASURE


The NYC Center for Economic Opportunity, March 2011

David Johnson, Focus, Institute for Research on Poverty, Winter 2010

Kathleen S. Short, U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, December 2010

Ke Bin Wu, AARP Public Policy Institute, November 2010

Shawn Fremstad, Center for Economic and Policy Research, May 2010

Laura Castner and James Mabli, United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, April 2010

Sheila R. Zedlewski, Linda Giannarelli, Laura Wheaton and Joyce Morton, Urban Institute, April 2010

Melissa Boteach and Jitinder Kohli, Center for American Progress, March 2010

Mark Levitan, Christine D'Onofrio, John Krampner, Daniel Scheer and Todd Seidel, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, March 2010

Andrea Brandolini, Silvia Magri and Timothy M. Smeeding, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, November 2009

Andrea Brandolini, Silvia Magri and Timothy M. Smeeding, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, November 2009

Diana M. Pearce, United Way of the Bay Area, December 2009

Dorothy Smith, Center for Law and Social Policy, November 2009

Mark Greenberg, Center for American Progress, August 2009

Rebecca Blank and Mark Greenberg, The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution, December 2008

Shawn Fremstad, Center for Economic and Policy Research, December 2008

Rebecca M. Blank, University of Michigan and Brookings Institution, November 2007

National Academy of Sciences, October 2007

Daniel Weinberg, U.S. Census Bureau, June 2005

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COMPARATIVE STUDIES


Rebecca Schalb and Michael Wiseman, George Washington University, December 2008

Geranda Notten and Chris de Neubourg, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University, May 2007

United Kingdom Department for Work and Pensions, December 2003

Gordon M. Fisher, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, August 1995

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