They’re out and I’ve got an extensive analysis up at PostEverything. For here, some highlights. –The poverty rate fell more than I expected last year–down half-a-percentage point from 15% in 2012 to 14.5% in 2013. It was fully driven by a sharp decline in child poverty rate, which fell almost two percentage points, from 21.8%… Read more
As I noted earlier, the Census Bureau is releasing their poverty and household income data for 2013 tomorrow at 10am. But what you may not know is that the sample size for these data is smaller this year and that means it will take a slightly larger change in the poverty rate to achieve statistical… Read more
IE, tomorrow AM the Census Bureau will host a webinar wherein they release poverty and household income results for 2013. I’ve got some speculation as to what we might see over at the Upshot. As you’ll see, it looks to me like inequality and fiscal drag have dampened gains in poverty and median household incomes,… Read more
Tom Edsall takes an interesting tour through various partisan views on the causes and solutions to poverty, suggesting that there’s a unified theory in there somewhere: The emergence of a rough ideological consensus on the causes of poverty and inequality would increase the likelihood of, but by no means guarantee, agreement on such initiatives as raising the… Read more
History says as much, over at PostEverything. The connection to Rep. Ryan’s new poverty plan is left as an exercise for the reader.