December 4, 2011
New Poverty Figures Offer Lessons for Grant Makers
The United States Census Bureau last month unveiled its long-awaited new approach to measuring poverty. The result of two decades’ worth of analysis and discussion, the new measure seeks to provide a more realistic estimate of how many Americans are poor by taking into account additional types of income and expenses.
Although the change in approach did not produce much difference in the estimate of the number of people in poverty, it does alter our understanding in important
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