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Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty | Video on TED.com

Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.
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The U.S. poverty rate was essentially unchanged at 15 percent in 2012, as roughly 46.5 million people were stuck living at or below the poverty line, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
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some intersting graphs in here. 

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Beyond the Poverty Line (SSIR)

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This is a great article.

"The so-called “poverty line” was determined in the mid-1960s by calculating the amount of money it costs to buy a basic basket of food and then multiplying that amount by three."


The poverty line is important!! helps low-income families:


"The federal poverty line is used to determine eligibility and appropriations for all types of federal, state, and local aid, including food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid. How the line is determined has real material implications for low-income families."


and it is important for telling us how well we are doing. are we doing enough for the poor? if it is skewed or inacurate in the direction that favors the rich, then we won't do much to address it.

"A large and growing percentage of people below the poverty line indicates that we are not doing enough. A small and declining percentage of people in poverty tells us that we might be on the right track."


awesome quote: why we are not addressing the poverty line: "Unfortunately, no president (Democrat or Republican) has wanted to touch this political hot potato. If a new measure shows higher poverty, the president looks bad, but if a new measure shows lower poverty, he’ll be accused of dismissing the problem.”


Bloomberg on the poverty line: "Bloomberg said: “If we are serious about fighting poverty, we also have to start getting serious about accurately measuring poverty. Since the mid-’60s the economy has vastly changed. So has society and so have government benefits, but the poverty formula hasn’t adjusted in response. We can’t devise effective strategies for tackling poverty until we understand its full dimensions.”


Poverty line cannot be absolute: regional differences and changes in time: "This is especially difficult in a country as heterogeneous as the United States, where there are large regional variations in the cost of goods and services. And the definition of what is necessary changes significantly over time. Food costs have declined in the United States, but the costs of other goods and services, such as health care, have increased. Thus, a measure based on the cost of food will gradually underestimate the actual minimum cost of living over time. And what other goods and services should be factored in? For example, in some cities (like Los Angeles) it is essential to have a car, whereas in other cities (like New York) most people use public transportation."


What the line does not tell us: "A line cannot provide information about the depth or intensity of deprivation. It cannot tell us about the duration of poverty. It does not provide direct information about actual deprivation, such as homelessness or hunger. In addition, a poverty line does not provide any information about the correlates or causes of poverty. Finally, a simple line limits our understanding of poverty to the economic realms, ignoring the social and political dimensions of exclusion and marginalization."


episodic vs chronic poverty: "A poverty line does not provide information about how long people have been poor. Episodic poverty is often precipitated by the loss of a job, a sudden illness, or another unexpected crisis. Chronic poverty may be the result of physical or mental disabilities, generations of cumulative deprivation, poor education, or lack of jobs. Episodic poverty might require short-term assistance, whereas chronic poverty could require job training and more holistic supports."


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Why Is The Federal Poverty Line So Far Off? | For Economic Justice

Why Is The Federal Poverty Line So Far Off? | For Economic Justice | Poverty Line | Scoop.it
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This article shares some personal experience with the poverty line. A woman who makes $18,000 a year to support a family of two, does not feel "above" the poverty line of $15,000.

 

The second part of this article talks about ways to address economic inequity. The author mentions the shift from human labor to machine labor--technology is replacing us. But, technology is not replacing CEOs, and owners of big corporations, just the working class. 

 

"We need, going forth, to recognize that tectonic shifts in the technologies of production will increasingly replace human labor with non-human means of production, and without extending equal opportunities to own (not equal results but equal opportunity for capital credit) more millions and millions of Americans will be displaced from their jobs and not be able to find a job, especially a job with decent wage or salary earnings to support a family."

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14.3% of us citizens below the poverty line. 44 million people (in 2011). 1 in 5 kids in america living under the povery line.

 

"$3,500 amount per individual per year that a commmunity as a whole could save by providing housing for the  homeless, avoiding costs elsewhere."

 

"1.4 billion amount that could be saved in the economy each year if just one-quarter of the homeless population had housing available."

 

on a global scale there are over a billion people living in extreme poverty."

 

"Johnson administration: 11 million people moved out of poverty--job corps, head start, pell grants, medicare, medicaid, food stamps."

 

"Clinton administration: 7.7 million people moved out of poverty: expanded tax credits, increased availability of childcare, raised min wage, reformed welfare."

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Poverty Rate in California Continues to Exceed Rest of the Nation

Poverty Rate in California Continues to Exceed Rest of the Nation | Poverty Line | Scoop.it
After reaching a 20 year low in 2006, the poverty rate in California spike up to 16.9% in 2011. National rate was at 14.7% following the Great Recession.
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The U.S. Census Bureau defined the poverty line for 2011 as follows:

 One person under 65 years old — $11,702 annual incomeTwo person household with no children — $15,063Family of four with two children under 18 — $22,811 annual income"

 

"Among demographics, Latinos and African Americans in California were hit the hardest since 2007 with respective poverty rates at 23.6 percent and 24.2 percent four years after. Asian and Caucasian demographics in California had rates of 12.6 percent and 9.8 percent, respectively. Despite this gap, poverty rates in 2011 rose for every demographic."


Education is also linked to poverty:

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“In California, education has provided a buffer against poverty in the wake of the Great Recession. In 2011, the poverty rate among families headed by an adult lacking a high school diploma was 36.7%—a 5 percentage point jump from 2010.”

“At the other extreme, in families headed by a college degree holder, the poverty rate was only 5.4%. For families in which the highest level of education is a high school diploma, the poverty rate was 19.9%.”

 

 

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American's Technology Obsession Transcends The Poverty Line | Neon Tommy

American's Technology Obsession Transcends The Poverty Line | Neon Tommy | Poverty Line | Scoop.it
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Poverty Rate by Race/Ethnicity

Poverty Rate by Race/Ethnicity | Poverty Line | Scoop.it
The Kaiser Family Foundation website provides in-depth information on key health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, health reform, global health, HIV/AIDS, health insurance, the uninsured and much more.
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intersection bw race and poverty

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Poverty In America: Why Can’t We End It? | For Economic Justice

Poverty In America: Why Can’t We End It? | For Economic Justice | Poverty Line | Scoop.it
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Lifelines for Poor Children

Lifelines for Poor Children | Poverty Line | Scoop.it
While education is a great equalizer of opportunity, American programs don’t start early enough. Nor do they produce the skills that matter most for personal and societal prosperity.
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Bill Clinton Defends ACA, Cites State Issues in Expanding Medicaid

Bill Clinton Defends ACA, Cites State Issues in Expanding Medicaid | Poverty Line | Scoop.it
Former President Bill Clinton touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act Wednesday while calling on states and Congress
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Health care and the poverty line:

 

In those states, Clinton explained, working people with incomes below the federal poverty level ($11,490 for an individual) will not be eligible for Medicaid or federal subsidies. “So you get the worst of all worlds,” he said.  “You’re working 40 hours a week, but you’re too poor to get help. Not too rich, but too poor.”


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A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line : NPR

A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line : NPR | Poverty Line | Scoop.it
A college student getting help from his parents may be below the poverty line. The mother who earns $23,000 a year is not.
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"11,945 poverty threshold for an individual."

"In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that more than half of all college students who are living off campus and not at home are poor."

The mom, marion matthew, relies on food stamps and government support to help provide for her and her son. But, according to the government, she is not poor. 

"She earns about $23,000 a year, which puts her well above the federal poverty line for a family of two — about $15,825 in 2012."


she says she feels poor, that kind of money doesn't go that far in a city like ny.


The three key problems: 

" It doesn't account for geographic differences."


"It's based on a 50-year-old formula that assumes Americans spend about a third of their income on food. But, after adjusting for inflation, the price of food has fallen significantly in the past 50 years. Today, people spend only about a sixth of their income on food."


"It doesn't consider the value of of government benefits, such as food stamps and tax credits."



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