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Measuring progress in the fight against poverty

The War on Poverty was declared 50 years ago, and as the quotes above indicate, opinion in Washington is divided on how successful that fight has been. In order to objectively measure progress against poverty, it is necessary to: (1) define what we mean by poverty; (2) agree on how we are going to measure it; and (3) consider what would have happened if the existing policies had not been in place.


Economic Support, Means-Tested Programs, Poverty Measurement, U.S. Poverty Measures


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