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Re-evaluating differences in poverty among central city, suburban, and nonmetropolitan areas of the US


  • Brian Cushing
  • Buhong Zheng


Poverty in the United States varies greatly by location. The difference in poverty intensity among locations, however, has only been evaluated by the official poverty measure - the headcount ratio - which has several drawbacks. The official poverty statistics also suffer from use of a single, arbitrary poverty line. This paper uses a recently-developed distribution-sensitive measure of poverty and 1990 census data to reconsider the difference among central city, suburban, and nonmetropolitan poverty levels, as well as differences among US regions. Instead of using a single, arguable poverty line, this paper lets the poverty line vary over an income range so that conclusions are more robust. We check for significance of differences across locations by applying some recently-developed methods of statistical inference.

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  • Brian Cushing & Buhong Zheng, 2000. "Re-evaluating differences in poverty among central city, suburban, and nonmetropolitan areas of the US," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(5), pages 653-660.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:32:y:2000:i:5:p:653-660
    DOI: 10.1080/000368400322552

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    1. Bruce Weber & Leif Jensen & Kathleen Miller & Jane Mosley & Monica Fisher, 2005. "A Critical Review of Rural Poverty Literature: Is There Truly a Rural Effect?," International Regional Science Review, , vol. 28(4), pages 381-414, October.
    2. Jolliffe, Dean & Tiehen, Laura & Gundersen, Craig & Winicki, Joshua, 2003. "FOOD STAMP BENEFITS AND CHILD POVERTY IN THE 1990s," Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Reports 33833, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    3. Dr. J. G. Sri Ranjith & Dr. O. G Dayaratna Banda, 2014. "Determinants of Success of Small Business: A Survey-Based Study in Kuliyapitiya Divisional Secretariat of Sri Lanka," International Journal of Business and Social Research, MIR Center for Socio-Economic Research, vol. 4(6), pages 38-50, June.
    4. J. G. Sri Ranjith, 2015. "The Effect of Microenterprises on Poverty: A Cross-county Analysis on US Urban Poverty," International Journal of Economics and Empirical Research (IJEER), The Economics and Social Development Organization (TESDO), vol. 3(3), pages 128-150, March.

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