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Please read the first section (pages 2–22) of Blank’s actual address here.

Blank, R. (2007, November). How to improve poverty measurement in the United States. National Poverty Center Working Paper Series. Retrieved from http://www.npc.umich.edu/publications/u/working_paper07-30.pdf

Then, for the Discussion this week, please address the following questions:

  1. Discuss some of the specific flaws in the methodology of calculating the U.S. poverty measure, according to Blank. Do you agree with her assessments? Why or why not?
  2. Beyond the individuals who may or may not be classified as impoverished based on potentially revised numbers, who else has a stake in how poverty is defined in the U.S., according to Blank? What political pressures might this create for those in charge of defining the methodology?
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