Us Poverty Studies and Poverty Measurement: The Past 25 Years

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Howard Glennerster

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: October 2000

Abstract

This paper discusses the contribution made by American social scientists to the study of poverty in the past twenty five years. It has three parts. The first concentrates on the measurement of poverty and the fact that the US poverty line remained unchanged in that period despite its increasingly important deficiencies. Proposals to produce a revised poverty line and an Annual Poverty Report are advanced. The second part traces the change of emphasis in US writing about poverty both in terms of academic emphasis and prescription. The final part considers the policy impact of American work on poverty policy beyond America.

Suggested Citation

Glennerster, Howard, Us Poverty Studies and Poverty Measurement: The Past 25 Years (October 2000). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. CASE042. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1158933

Howard Glennerster (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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