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Experimental Poverty Measures: Summary of a Workshop
The workshop was designed to include discussion of the elements of the NRC recommendations that have received considerable attention. Sessions were devoted to the following: setting and updating a reference family poverty threshold; equivalence scales; geographic adjustments to thresholds; medical out-of-pocket expenses; work-related expenses including child care; incorporating the value of housing; and data issues and other miscellaneous topics. These elements are discussed in the following chapters. The workshop agenda and list of participants are shown in Appendixes A and B.
This report does not offer any conclusions or recommendations; it is merely a summary of the discussions that took place at the workshop. This summary is intended to reflect the variety of opinions expressed by the presenters, discussants, and participants at the workshop.