Statistics Seminar: "Measuring Poverty"
Abstract: The development of any measure, particularly an official one, is a mixture of ideology, convenience, and chance. To illustrate this, I will use poverty measurement as an example. The primary choice in measuring poverty is between taking an absolute versus a relative approach. The former is favored by the U.S. whereas the latter is preferred by the European Union. In this talk, I will compare various measures (with a focus on the U.S.) using a historical perspective to understand the effects of those statistics on a country’s residents.
Host: Todd Kuffner