A different way to measure poverty

01/8/2014 | PBS

There are several shortcomings associated with the official metric used to gauge poverty in the U.S., journalist Simone Pathe suggests in this blog post. The measurement fails to include certain groups, such as homeless people, among the ranks of the poor, and it also fails to account for geographical variations in the cost of living, Pathe notes. A more comprehensive metric known as the Supplemental Poverty Measure indicates that the actual poverty rate has dropped by more than official estimates would suggest during the last half-century, Pathe writes.

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