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The use and misuse of income data and extreme poverty in the United States

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  • Bruce D. Meyer

    (American Enterprise Institute)

  • Derek Wu
  • Victoria R. Mooers
  • Carla Medalia

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More than half of all misclassified households have incomes from the administrative data above the poverty line, and several of the largest misclassified groups appear to be at least middle class based on measures of material well-being. In contrast, the households kept from extreme poverty by in-kind transfers appear to be among the most materially deprived Americans.

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  • Bruce D. Meyer & Derek Wu & Victoria R. Mooers & Carla Medalia, 2019. "The use and misuse of income data and extreme poverty in the United States," AEI Economics Working Papers 1018925, American Enterprise Institute.
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