ERIC Number: ED312358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-20
Reference Count: N/A
Poverty Rate and Household Income Stagnate as Rich-Poor Gap Hits Post War High.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.
This study analyzes Census data which indicate the following U.S. poverty trends for 1988: (1) the gap between rich and poor is wider than at any point in the post World War II era; (2) the poverty rate showed no improvement and remains higher than the most severe recession years of the 1970s; (3) the share of the national family income going to the middle fifth of families was the lowest ever recorded; (4) per capita income rose due to the continued surge of income for wealthy households; (5) median household income remained stagnant for the second consecutive year; and (6) the income of the average poor family fell $4,851 below the poverty line. The data indicate that the following factors are responsible for the poverty trends: (1) economic factors; (2) cuts in government benefit programs; and (3) demographic shifts. The possibility of using an alternative poverty line set by the Census at $855 lower than the official poverty line is discussed. Four graphs and one table are included. (JS)
Descriptors: Advantaged, Census Figures, Demography, Economic Factors, Economic Progress, Economically Disadvantaged, Family Income, Federal Aid, Income, Lower Class, Middle Class, Poverty, Upper Class
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.