Historical Trends in Poverty and the Effect of Anti-Poverty Programs
With funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and The JPB Foundation, our researchers have created a unique data set implementing the Census’ and Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Supplemental Poverty Measure back to 1967. This data set allows for more accurate measurement of poverty over time, and more critically the accurate assessment of the role of government policies and programs in reducing poverty.
Elderly Poverty & Assets
The elderly have much higher poverty rates under the new Supplemental Poverty Measure than under official statistics. But the SPM does not account for the likely substantial assets that many older Americans can use to meet their expenses in retirement. With funding from the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program at Boston College, we have incorporated assets into the measurement of elderly poverty in order to re-assess poverty levels and recent trends.
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Mapping State-Level SPM, OPM and Relative Poverty
This research brief compares state-level poverty rates under three different definitions of poverty - the official rate, the new Supplemental Poverty Measure, and a relative poverty rate more commonly used in other advanced democracies.
Child Poverty During the Recession
With funding from UNICEF, CPSP co-Director Christopher Wimer and Timothy Smeeding have reanalyzed recent trends in child poverty before, during, and after the Great Recession in the United States. These findings will be incorporated into a volume published by Oxford University Press in spring of 2017.