NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Five Decades of Consumption and Income Poverty

Bruce D. Meyer, James X. Sullivan

NBER Working Paper No. 14827
Issued in March 2009

---- Acknowledgements -----

We would like to thank the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the National Poverty Center for support and Cristobal Gacitua, Matt Gunden, Tom Murray, Vladimir Sokolov, Laura Wherry, and April Wu for excellent research assistance. We have also benefited from the comments of Steven Haider, Kathleen McGarry, Doug McKee, and seminar participants at Colby College, Harvard University, the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the University of California, Davis, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. A previous version of this paper circulated as “Three Decades of Consumption and Income Poverty”. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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