The Change in Poverty from 1995 to 2016 Among Single Parent Families

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Kevin Corinth

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy

Bruce Meyer

University of Chicago

Derek Wu

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy

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Date Written: March 28, 2022

Abstract

This paper is the first to examine changes in poverty over time using a comprehensive set of linked survey and administrative data, implementing recommendations of the Interagency Technical Working Group on Evaluating Alternative Measures of Poverty. Using the Comprehensive Income Dataset (CID), we correct for measurement error in survey-reported incomes, focusing on single parent families from 1995 to 2016. Our preferred estimates indicate that single parent family poverty declined by 62% over time, while it fell by only 45% using survey data alone. Moreover, survey-reported deep poverty among single parent families increased over time, while it fell using the CID.

JEL Classification: C42,C81,I32,I38

Suggested Citation

Corinth, Kevin and Meyer, Bruce and Wu, Derek, The Change in Poverty from 1995 to 2016 Among Single Parent Families (March 28, 2022). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2022-45, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4071880 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4071880

Kevin Corinth

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Bruce Meyer (Contact Author)

University of Chicago ( email )

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Derek Wu

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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