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Drawing a Line: How We Measure Poverty and Why it Matters

Sponsored by the Population Association of America

Location: 2043 Rayburn House Office Building

Ice cream, cookies, and brownies will be served!

The Federal Poverty Line is among the most consequential of statistical measurements: it affects eligibility for federal programs such as TANF and SNAP as well as hundreds of other programs at the state and local level—and serves as a benchmark for private sector philanthropy. How do we formulate federal poverty measures? What are the real-world implications when those models are changed? Join the Population Association of America for an informative and thought-provoking congressional briefing examination of the “science” of measuring poverty by national experts in economics and statistics. (Ice cream will be served!)


  • Dr. Constance Citro, National Academy of Sciences, Committee on National Statistics

  • Dr. Robert Moffitt, Johns Hopkins University

  • Dr. Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin

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