Reasons for Measuring Poverty in the United States in the Context of Public Policy — A Historical Review, 1916-1995. Conclusion


As noted at the beginning of this paper, the Poverty Panel's 1995 report has prompted a good deal of work to explore the possible implementation of the Panel's recommendations for a new poverty measure for the U.S.116 The purpose of this historical review (besides simply adding to the historical record of poverty measurement) is to contribute to ongoing discussions about alternative poverty measures by examining reasons that have been given for measuring poverty in the United States in the context of public policy. A consideration of why we measure poverty may help guide us in making some of the decisions about how to measure poverty.

116.  See Fisher, "An Overview of Developments Since 1995..." (cited in footnote 114).