This topic was Jim W.’s idea and he will give an opening presentation and run the show. Exactly which angle(s) he chooses to cover will be a surprise. So, as background, here are just a few links on the new measure of poverty that was just released, and a few other aspects of poverty.
- Explanation of the new government poverty measure that takes into account all sources of income. This is a much more sophisticated way to measure poverty than the old way, although it is not above criticism. A much more detailed explanation of differences between new and old measure is here.
- The return of “culture” as a cause of poverty. A controversial notion, but one that must be wrestled with, especially since so many non-poor Americans believe so strongly in its explanatory power.
- A conservative doubts how poor the people in poverty really are. A rebuttal.