Defining Poverty

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Every year, the Census Bureau measures poverty in America using a formula devised 40 years ago. Some say that calculation is outdated. Can the way we measured poverty in 1963 still work today ? Host Lynn Neary and guests discuss the issues involved in deciding who's poor and who's not.


Alice O'Connor
*Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
*Currently a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University

Jared Bernstein
*Senior Economist at the Economic Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

Daniel Weinberg
*Chief of the Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division with the U.S. Census Bureau

Douglas Besharov
*Resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institution



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