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Measuring poverty : a new approach

  title={Measuring poverty : a new approach},
  author={Constance F. Citro and Robert T. Michael and Panel on Poverty and Family Assistance},
Each year's poverty figures are anxiously awaited by policymakers, analysts, and the media. Yet questions are increasing about the 30-year-old measure as social and economic conditions change. In Measuring Poverty a distinguished panel provides policymakers with an up-to-date evaluation of * Concepts and procedures for deriving the poverty threshold, including adjustments for different family circumstances. * Definitions of family resources. * Procedures for annual updates of poverty measures… 
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    Issue Brief (Public Policy Institute (American Association of Retired Persons))
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