U.S. Census Bureau
 Poverty Measurement Studies and  Alternative Measures

The Measure of Poverty (1976)

The Measure of Poverty
(Department of Health, Education, and Welfare 1976)

Technical Papers

I. Enhanced Table of Contents  PDF

Documentation of Background Information and Rationale for Current Poverty Matrix

Mollie Orshansky
Social Security Administration
II. Administrative and Legislative Usages of the Terms "Poverty ," "Low Income," and Other Related Items Poverty Studies Task Force with assistance from Ellen Kraus
III. A Literature Review of the Definition and Measurement of Poverty
Urban Systems Research and Engineering, Inc.
IV. Bureau of Labor Statistics Family Budgets Program Mark Sherwood
Bureau of Labor Statistics
V. The Consumer Price Index Jill King
Mathematica, Inc.
VI. Wealth and the Accounting Period in the Measurement of Means Nelson McClung and Eugene Steurle
Department of the Treasury
VII. In-kind Income and the Measurement of Poverty Janice Peskin
Health, Education, and Welfare
VIII. The 1972-73 Consumer Expenditure Survey Jill King
Mathematica, Inc.
IX. Inventory of Federal Data Bases Related to the Measurement of Poverty
(a) Non-Census Data Bases
(b) Census Data Bases
Connie Citro, Mathematica, Inc.
Bureau of the Census
X. Effect of Using a Poverty Definition Based on Household Income Jack McNeil, Doug Sater, Arno Winard
Bureau of the Census
XI. Update of the Orshansky Index
(Never Completed)
Mollie Orshansky
Social Security Administration
XII. Food Plans for Poverty Measurement Betty Peterkin
Department of Agriculture
XIII. Geographic Differences and Relative Poverty Jack McNeil
Bureau of the Census
XIV. Relative Measure of Poverty Stanley Stephenson
Health, Education, and Welfare
XV. Analytic Support for Cost-of-Living Differentials in the Poverty Thresholds Thomas Carlin
Department of Agriculture
XVI. Implications of Alernative Measures of Poverty on Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Abdul Khan and Herman Miller
Health, Education, and Welfare
XVII. The Sensitivity of the Incidence of Poverty to Different Measures of Income: School-age Children and Families Survey Research Center
University of Michigan
XVIII. Characteristics of Low-Income Populations Under Alternative Poverty Definitions Lawrence Brown
Health, Education, and Welfare

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division