Study: Poverty Should be Measured by More than Just Income

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In quantifying poverty in the United States, researchers and policymakers should look beyond income to dimensions such as health, education, and housing, according to a new study from economists at Georgia Tech. Multi-Dimensional Deprivation in the U.S. argues that when factors such as lack of education and health insurance are taken into account, the number of Americans living in “deprivation” is significantly higher than the official poverty rate. The study finds that between 2008 and 2013, nearly 30 percent of people living just above the poverty line were struggling in ways not captured by income.

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