Intro to Poverty - Intro to Poverty Nickel & Dimed Absolute...

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Intro to Poverty Nickel & Dimed
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Absolute poverty: the point a which a household’s income falls below the necessary level to purchase food Relative poverty: the determination of poverty based on a percentage of the median income in a given location
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The Poverty Line The poverty line: identifies the amount of yearly income a family requires to meet its basic needs; those who fall below it are considered officially poor The poverty line was developed in the 1960’s by Mollie Orshansky using the “Thrifty Food Plan.”
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2009/2010 Poverty Line 1 person -- $10, 830 family of four (2 parents, 2 children) -- $22,050. Other things to remember: It is pre-tax The figure varies by family size & it is
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How many people? The Working Poor: $1-$22,050 (for a family of four) 15% of the population Of this 15%: 5.7% are considered “severely poor” The Near Poor: $22,051-$27,018 (for a family of four) 18% of the population
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There are criticisms of this calculation: (1) Today’s food costs account for about 13% of a family’s income as housing and
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 1160 taught by Professor Mauraryan during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State.

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