- Title Pages
- Editor's Preface
- Introduction: Historical Overview of Race and Poverty from Reconstruction to 1969
- 1 From Income Inequality to Economic Inequality
- 2 Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality
- 3 Measuring Poverty
- 4 Medical Spending, Health Insurance, and Measurement of American Poverty
- 5 The Dynamic Racial Composition of the United States
- 6 The New Geography of Inequality in Urban America
- 7 The Disparate Racial Neighborhood Impacts of Metropolitan Economic Restructuring
- 8 The Demise of a Dinosaur
- 9 Suburban Exclusion and the Courts
- 10 Civil Rights and the Status of Black Americans in the 1960s and the 1990s
- 11 Poverty, Racism, and Migration
- 12 The American News Media and Public Misperceptions of Race and Poverty
- 13 U.S. Education and Training Policy
- 14 The Growing Importance of Cognitive Skills in Wage Determination
- 15 Escalating Differences and Elusive “Skills”
- 16 Earnings of Black and White Youth and Their Relation to Poverty
- 17 Teenage Childbearing and Personal Responsibility
- 18 Where Should Teen Mothers Live? What Should We Do About It?
- 19 Family Allowances and Poverty Among Lone Mother Families in the United States
- 20 How Much More Can They Work?
- 21 Turning Our Backs on the New Deal
- 22 Fighting Poverty
- 23 Crime, Poverty, and Entrepreneurship
- 24 Violence and the Inner-City Street Code
- 25 Minority Business Development Programs
- 26 A Social Accounting Matrix Model of Inner-City New Haven
Issues and Approaches
- (p.99) 3 Measuring Poverty
- Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy
Daniel H. Weinberg
- Yale University Press
This chapter focuses on problems of measuring poverty and provides a brief historical overview of proposed remedies. It addresses key decisions to be made in developing an absolute measure of poverty. These issues are determination of minimal commodity consumption standards; adjustment for differences in family size and composition; and adjustment for cost-of-living differences among localities.
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