The Dynamics of Poverty in the United States: A Review of Data, Methods, and Findings

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2008

58 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2013

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Stephanie Riegg Cellini

George Washington University - School of Public Policy and Public Administration (SPPPA)

Signe-Mary McKernan

The Urban Institute - Center on Labor, Human Services and Population

Caroline E. Ratcliffe

The Urban Institute - Labor and Social Policy Center

Date Written: January 6, 2008

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on poverty dynamics in the United States. It surveys the most prevalent data, theories, and methods used to answer three key questions: How likely are people to enter, exit, and reenter poverty? How long do people remain in poverty? And what events are associated with entering and exiting poverty? The paper then analyzes the combined findings of the literature, discussing overarching patterns of poverty dynamics, differences among demographic groups, and how poverty probabilities, duration, and events have changed over time. We conclude with a discussion of the policy implications of these findings and avenues for future research.

Keywords: Economy/Taxes

Suggested Citation

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg R. and McKernan, Signe-Mary and Ratcliffe, Caroline E., The Dynamics of Poverty in the United States: A Review of Data, Methods, and Findings (January 6, 2008). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2205906

Stephanie Riegg R. Cellini

George Washington University - School of Public Policy and Public Administration (SPPPA) ( email )

805 21st Street, NW
Media and Public Affairs Building, Room 602
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Signe-Mary McKernan (Contact Author)

The Urban Institute - Center on Labor, Human Services and Population ( email )

United States

Caroline E. Ratcliffe

The Urban Institute - Labor and Social Policy Center ( email )

2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States
202-261-5548 (Phone)
202-463-8522 (Fax)

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