Are children worse off? Evaluating well-being using a new (and improved) measure of poverty

J. Iceland, K. Short, T. I. Garner, D. Johnson

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Abstract

Although child poverty rates continue to surpass those of others, there is growing consensus that current official poverty measure has become out-dated and flawed. Using data from the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation, we implement an experimental poverty measure based on recommendations by a National Academy of Sciences panel. We find that while child poverty rates continue to surpass those of others, the gap between child and adult poverty rates is smaller under the experimental measure. Results highlight the impact of noncash government benefits and the Earned Income Tax Credit in reducing child poverty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-412
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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