Abstracts for Friday December 11, 2020 seminars

Improvements to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure for 2021
By Liana E. Fox and Trudi Renwick, U.S. Census Bureau

Abstract: Following decades of research on poverty measurement, the Census Bureau, in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released the first annual Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) report in 2011. Since this first publication, no major changes have been made to the SPM, but research has been ongoing on potential improvements and validation of prior assumptions. The Interagency Technical Working Group has set 2021 as a target for making methodological improvements to the measure. Decisions on the specific improvements to be made to the measure will be decided in September 2020. This paper examines the impact of various proposed improvements to the SPM on poverty rates overall and for major demographic groups.