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ERIC Number: ED141424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul-23
Reference Count: 0
A Review of the Definition and Measurement of Poverty: Volume I, Summary Review Paper; Volume II, Annotated Bibliography. The Measure of Poverty, Technical Paper III.
Oster, Sharon; And Others
This study reviews the existing literature on a series of issues associated with the defintion and measurement of poverty, and it consists of a summary report covering this research (Volume I), and an annotated bibliography (Volume II). Eleven specific issues were identified and reviewed in this study: (1) the historical definitions of poverty, (2) the use of index numbers in the measurement of poverty, (3) family size and composition adjustments on measures of poverty, (4) geographical variation in public service provision by type of service, (5) regional income differences, (6) wealth and assets and consumption as measures of poverty, (7) poverty standards and the consumption of leisure, (8) determinants of the turn-over rates of poor families, (9) social and economic proxies for poverty, (10) social indicators of poverty, and (11) state administrative definitions of poverty. In developing the annotated bibliography and summary report, an exhaustive literature search was conducted. The literature is primarily drawn from the disciplines of economics, sociology, and political science. Unpublished working papers and doctoral dissertations from several major universities were also reviewed, as well as a number of relevant government documents. The literature review showed that poverty definitions currently used by states in administering their poverty programs is inadequate, since very litte research has been done in this area. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Definitions, Family Structure, History, Literature Reviews, Low Income, Low Income Groups, Measurement, Measurement Objectives, Poverty, Social Influences, State of the Art Reviews
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health, Education and Welfare 200 Independence Aveune, S.W., Room 443D-South Portal Building, Washington, D.C. 20201
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
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