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Wisconsin Poverty Report: New Measure, Broader View

The second Wisconsin Poverty Report, which IRP released September 2, 2010, is based on findings under a new, Wisconsin-specific measure devised by IRP. The report shows that the rate of poverty in Wisconsin worsened in 2008, with more than 11 percent of the state’s population living in need, including one in seven children and one in 10 elderly residents.

“IRP created the Wisconsin Poverty Measure with the knowledge that poverty can’t be reduced unless researchers and policymakers have an accurate view of both the resources and expenses of individuals and families, as well as a measure that takes into account the way in which public policies affect low-income families, as job supports and as sources of income security and stability,” says Tim Smeeding, director of IRP and La Follette School of Public Affairs faculty member.

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Poverty Measurement, State & Local Measures

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