Official Poverty Statistics Mask the Economic Vulnerability of Seniors: A Comparison of Maine to the Nation
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.
Andrew Schaefer, Marybeth Mattingly
Carsey School of Public Policy
Children and youth · Elderly population · Poverty · Rural-urban differences · Statistics and data · Maine