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About those poverty figures...



There's a lot of sturm und drung how the poverty figures are up to the highest levels since 1993. Of course, those figures fail to account for most of the government assistance given to the poor: increasing anti-poverty programs won't improve the poverty rate. Given that most "poor" Americans have luxuries that the average American didn't have 40 years ago, we perhaps need a better metric for evaluating the poverty problem.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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