NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Winning the War: Poverty from the Great Society to the Great Recession

Bruce D. Meyer, James X. Sullivan

NBER Working Paper No. 18718
Issued in January 2013

---- 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, Hilary Hoynes, Erik Hurst, Christopher Jencks, Steve Landefeld, Kathleen McGarry, Doug McKee, David Romer, Tim Smeeding, Justin Wolfers, and seminar participants at the Brookings Institution, Colby College, Harvard University, the Higher School of Economics, 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 Florida, the University of Notre Dame, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. This paper supercedes earlier papers titled “Dimensions of Progress: Poverty from the Great Society to the Great Recession,” “Five Decades of Consumption and Income Poverty” and “Three Decades of Consumption and Income Poverty”. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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