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Measuring Poverty in the United States

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Publication Date: June 2008

Publisher(s): Columbia University. National Center for Children in Poverty

Author(s): Nancy K. Cauthen; Sarah Fass

Topic: Economics (Economic conditions)
Social conditions (Poverty and homelessness)

Keywords: child poverty

Type: Fact sheet

Coverage: United States


This fact sheet discusses the U.S. government’s outdated method for measuring poverty and points to some alternative ways to more accurately gauge economic hardship.