Deep Poverty: What is the Best Measure?
(Poverty and Income Policy)
Friday, November 3, 2017: 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
Ogden (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
Moderators: Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Speakers: H. Luke Shaefer, University of Michigan, Scott Winship, Joint Economic Committee, Marci Ybarra, University of Chicago and Darrick Hamilton, The New School
To help people move out of poverty and toward opportunity, we must better understand the challenges facing those who live in deep poverty, which is usually living in a household with income below 50 percent of their poverty threshold. Researchers and policy makers are still learning about the characteristics of those living in deep poverty, including how many people are in deep poverty and whether this has been increasing or decreasing over time. This roundtable will examine the different measurements of deep poverty, including the levels and trends over time, alternative data sources for these measures, the characteristics of these families, their economic well-being and potential methods to improve their opportunities for a better life.