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The Cost of Living and the Geographic Distribution of Poverty [electronic resource]

Dean Jolliffe
Format
EBook; Book; Government Document; Online
Published
[Washington, D.C. ] : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, [2006]
Language
English
Series
Economic Research Report
Economic Research Report (United States. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service)
SuDoc Number
A 93.73:26
Abstract
The prevalence of poverty has been greater in nonmetro areas than in metro areas in every year since the 1960s when poverty rates were first officially recorded. Accordingly, Federal funds for social assistance programs and community development have favored nonmetro areas. This study suggests that adjusting poverty measures to account for cost-of-living differences between metro and nonmetro areas reverses that ranking. Once adjusted for cost-of-living differences using the Fair Market Rents index, metro poverty is greater than nonmetro poverty in terms of prevalence, depth, and severity over the entire 1991-2002 study period.
Description
iv, 22 p. : digital, PDF file.
System requirements: PDF reader.
Mode of access: World Wide Web from ERS web site. Address as of 10/25/06: http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err26/err26.pdf; current access available via PURL.
Notes
  • Title from Web page (viewed on Oct. 25, 2006).
  • "September 2006."
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 16-18).
Series Statement
Economic research report ; no. 26
Economic research report (United States. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service) no. 26
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