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The Wisconsin Poverty Report and How We Think about Measuring Poverty

Timothy Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty and Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs, talks about the latest Wisconsin Poverty Report, released in June of 2013. Smeeding says that poverty in Wisconsin increased modestly between 2010 and 2011 and that the state saw a statistically significant increase in child poverty, mostly a result of changes in refundable tax credits. The podcast explains the differences between the Wisconsin Poverty Measure and the official federal poverty measure and looks at how a better understanding of how we define poverty can have an effect on our understanding of who is poor. For technical details behind the reports, or to see previous years’ reports, please see the Wisconsin Poverty Report page on the IRP website.


Poverty Measurement, State & Local Measures