The Poverty Conundrum
A noted demographer says that the nation's official measure of poverty is biased, flawed, and inconsistent with almost every other gauge of well-being.
The source: “The Mismeasure of Poverty” by Nicholas Eberstadt, in Policy Review, Aug.–Sept. 2006.
When the Census Bureau reported in August that the U.S. poverty rate essentially held steady at 12.6 percent of the population in 2005 instead of rising, as it had every year since 2000, the Bush administration hailed the news, while Democrats charged that it proved once again that the...