Status of Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform, 2000. The Working Poor Population: Data Analysis on Definitions, Composition and Outcomes (1999)


Current status: This data analysis project compares different definitions of the working poor population based on variations in the definition of worker, definition of the poverty threshold, and definition of total income. The project, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., uses data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) that allow analysts to vary the definition of poverty threshold to include several of the alternative definitions for poverty measurement proposed by the National Academy of Sciences. The implications for understanding the composition of the working poor population will also be explored.

Estimated Completion Date: December 2000