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How the New Census Report Dramatically Overstates Poverty in America

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Publication Date: August 1992

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Robert Rector

Series: Executive Memorandum

Topic: Population and demographics (Demography and census)
Social conditions (Poverty and homelessness)

Keywords: Regulation

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


If the Census Bureau's methods were corrected to measure accurately the assets, cash income, and welfare benefits of low-income households, the result would show far fewer persons in material poverty than claimed by current official statistics.