Dazinger – The Mismeasure of Poverty

In the following article, Sheldon Dazinger explains how a limited measure of poverty skews our perception of the degree of poverty in the United States.  He argues for the use of a measure that incorporates anti-poverty policies in order to provide evidence of the success of the “safety net” in reducing poverty overtime.  In addition, Dazinger explains that economic growth has done little to alleviate poverty in the last few decades.  Growth has not reached the poor because of high levels of inequality and the concentration of growth at the highest end of the income distribution.  He argues for an increase of the minimum wage to begin correcting this.


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