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Relative Poverty. The Measure of Poverty, Technical Paper XIII [microform] / Jack McNeil
Bib ID 5338048
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
McNeil, Jack
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1976 
22 p. 
Summary

This paper examines some of the implications, including geographic and residential considerations, of adopting a relative poverty defintion which would fix the poverty threshold at some proportion of median income. The major virtues of such a definition are that it is explicitly relative and it is easy to understand and construct. The major flaw is that, in the absence of a major shift in the income distribution, the proportion of persons in poverty would remain constant over time. The evidence in this paper indicates that such a poverty measure would have the effect of identifying as poor a nearly fixed proportion of the population. In the absence of significant shifts in the income distribution, the proportion of the population in poverty would not be lowered by a growth in the average level of real income. Using a definition based on median income would also allow the possibility of introducing inter-area differentials through the use of sub-national medians. However, even though the application of a single national poverty standard causes some inequities, the data suggests that the adoption of a poverty standard based on sub-national medians would create its own inequities. The only realistic way of introducing inter-area differentials into a poverty definition is to develop a survey which will produce acceptable data on inter-area differences in living costs. (Author/AM)

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Availability: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 443D-South Portal Building, Washington, D.C. 20201.

ERIC Note: For related documents, see UD 016 918-929 and UD 017 087; Best copy available.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Definitions.  |  Demography.  |  Income.  |  Low Income.  |  Low Income Groups.  |  Measurement Objectives.  |  Measurement Techniques.  |  Poverty.  |  Surveys.
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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