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July 14, 2008

House Committee on Ways and Means to hold Hearing on Establishing a Modern Poverty Measure

The Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives is holding a hearing this Thursday, July 17th, on "Establishing a Modern Poverty Measure." Submissions for the record can be uploaded here.  This hearing is similar to one that took place almost a year ago, the testimony and written submissions of which are available here

Today, New York City announced, see N.Y. Times story here, it was abandoning the federal poverty line in favor of the model originally proposed by the National Academy of Sciences, a change that would define a greater number of people in New York City as poor.  The NAS report is available as a book but is also available from the Census Bureau website, here: Measuring Poverty: A New Approach.  Gordon Fisher's Development and History of the Poverty Thresholds is available here.

-Thanks to the Kojo Nnamdi show for their coverage of this.  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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