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Ask the Expert: Fixing the Federal Poverty Measure
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Ask the Expert: Fixing the Federal Poverty Measure

Melissa Boteach on the New Alternative Federal Poverty Measure

Melissa Boteach discusses what the federal poverty measure is, why it needs fixing, and the Obama administration's announcement of a new supplemental measure.

What is the federal poverty measure? What’s wrong with how we measure poverty? How can we fix it?

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Authors

Melissa Boteach

Senior Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program

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