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ERIC Number: ED126173
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Measure of Poverty: A Report to Congress as Mandated by The Education Amendments of 1974.
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
A study of ways of improving the accuracy and currency of the present measure of poverty used in the formula that allocates funds authorized by Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is summated by this report. It Deals with measuring the current status of the poor rather than with the causes or solutions to poverty. The current measure of poverty used is the Orshansky poverty definition; but in addition, other measures used include dollar cut-offs unadjusted for family size, various percentiles of the income distribution, and various percentages of median family income. The study examines regional, climatic, metropolitan, urban, suburban, and rural differences in the poverty measure; the differences due to family size and head of household; and the availability of state and other subnational data more currect than the decennial census, including cost of living, cost of housing, labor market and job availability. Among some of the major discussion areas addressed by the report are the limitations in the official measure of poverty, various proposals to change the official poverty measure, and standards of poverty for the working poor compared with those dependent largely on public programs for support. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Definitions, Economic Factors, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Financial Problems, Low Income, Measurement, Measurement Objectives, Measurement Techniques, Minority Groups, National Programs, Poverty, Poverty Areas, Poverty Programs, Research Criteria, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Social Problems, Statistical Data, Working Poor
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 200 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201 (Price not known)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I