Measures of Material Hardship: Final Report. Types of Measures Included in Material Hardship Indexes


In the following sections we look at the different types of measures incorporated in the nine hardship indexes included in our review. This discussion distinguishes between indexes addressing basic needs and food insecurity, and those that also incorporate other measures of material hardship. For both types of hardship, we examine the specific indicators researchers have included in their hardship indexes and distinguish between those indicators that were drawn from the SIPP and those that were not.

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