University of Wisconsin–Madison


Wealth is the measure of a person’s net worth including income and assets such as a retirement account or home equity.

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Financial Barriers to College Completion

  • Jacob Roble
  • Poverty Fact Sheet
  • March 2017
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Which Families Are Poor and Why?

  • Poverty Fact Sheet
  • September 2016
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Income Volatility in U.S. Households with Children: Another Growing Disparity between the Rich and the Poor?

  • Pamela A. Morris, Heather D. Hill, Lisa A. Gennetian, Chris Rodrigues, and Sharon Wolf
  • Discussion Paper
  • July 2015
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Is the American Dream Still Attainable?

  • Dan Simon 
  • Poverty Fact Sheet
  • September 2014
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Does incarceration affect inequality during old age?

  • Ngina Chiteji
  • Focus & Focus+
  • Spring/Summer 2014
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Post-1970 Trends in Within-Country Inequality and Poverty: Rich and Middle Income Countries

  • Salvatore Morelli, Timothy Smeeding, and Jeffrey Thompson
  • Discussion Paper
  • March 2014
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The Balance Sheets of Low-Income People

  • J. Michael Collins
  • Podcast
  • October 2012
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Asset-Based Measurement of Poverty

  • Andrea Brandolini, Silvia Magri, and Timothy M. Smeeding
  • Discussion Paper
  • November 2009