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What if we had measured poverty differently for the past 50 years?

Tanvi Misra / October 21, 2014 / www.citylab.com

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What if we had measured poverty differently for the past 50 years?

Based on the Census Bureau’s recent report on poverty using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), the 2013 poverty rate is 15.5 percent in the United States, higher than the official 14.5 percent rate. That translates to a difference of about 3.4 million more people living below the poverty line. Tanvi Misra at CityLab takes a closer look at the differences between the official numbers and the SPM and what this gap means for those seeking to tackle poverty in the United States.

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One response to “What if we had measured poverty differently for the past 50 years?”

  1. […] “Based on the Census Bureau’s recent report on poverty using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), the 2013 poverty rate is 15.5 percent in the United States, higher than the official 14.5 percent rate.”  […]