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Official Poverty Statistics Mask the Economic Vulnerability of Seniors: A Comparison of Maine to the Nation

Description
Compares senior and child poverty rates in rural and urban Maine and the U.S. for the past 50 years. Poverty rates were calculated using 2 different measures: the Official Poverty Measure (OPM) which does not take into account in-kind benefits, refundable tax credits and spending on medical care; and the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) which does take into account these same factors.
Author(s)
Andrew Schaefer, Marybeth Mattingly
Date
2015
Type
Document
Organization
Carsey School of Public Policy
Tagged as
Children and youth · Elderly population · Poverty · Rural-urban differences · Statistics and data · Maine