An issue dedicated to exploring the first major advance in poverty measurement in a half century. Does the new poverty measure tell a new story about poverty?
Table of Contents (Fall 2011)
Is there a simple economic case for investing in homeless mothers in San Francisco? The Homeless Prenatal Program suggests there is.
Many countries have experienced substantial economic growth in the last 30 years. But only some countries have passed on the fruits of this growth to the poor. What accounts for such differences in trickling down?
MONITORING POVERTY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
One of the key architects of the new Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) lays out the case for rethinking how we measure poverty, how we understand it, and even what to do about it.
Does an SPM-style measure actually work? A report from the trenches on how the new measure helps us assess and craft antipoverty policy.
Is it the end of (poverty measurement) history? A discussion of how to move forward in our brave new post-SPM world.
Research in Brief
More evidence on how credit cards hammer the poor; a new test of whether job ads create gender inequality in the labor market; a surprising ray of hope for the long-term unemployed; and other cutting-edge research.
There's less money to go around in hard times. Have Americans responded to the downturn by reining in their signature commitment to helping the poor?