publication . Preprint . 2010

A Modern Framework for Measuring Poverty and Basic Economic Security

Shawn Fremstad;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Apr 2010
Abstract
This report details how the dominant framework for understanding and measuring poverty in the United States has become a conservative one. The current U.S. approach to measuring poverty views poverty only in terms of having an extremely low level of annual income, and utilizes poverty thresholds that are adjusted only for inflation rather than for changes in overall living standards. As a result, the official poverty measure has effectively defined deprivation down over the last four decades, moving it further and further away from mainstream living standards over time, as well as from majority public opinion of the minimum amount needed to “get along” at a basi...
Subjects
free text keywords: poverty, disability, poverty level, poverty measure, jel:I, jel:I3, jel:I32, jel:I38, jel:J, jel:J1, jel:J14, jel:J18
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