Predicting and Preventing Poverty: What Gets Counted and Why That Matters

Friday, October 7 | 10:15am


  • Trudi Renwick, Assistant Division Chief, Economic Characteristics, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Nancy Wagman, Kids Count Director, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

Noah Berger, President, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

Presentation Slides

What are the dynamics of poverty and how do families cope with economic insecurity? Renwick and Wimer offer an overview of alternative Census Bureau data sources, including data on the concentration of poverty from the decennial censuses and the American Community Survey, the effect of individual programs and expenditures on poverty using the Supplemental Poverty Measure as estimated in the Current Population Survey, and the dynamics of poverty using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Wimer’s research focuses on measuring poverty and disadvantage in New York City and the role of social policies in the lives of disadvantaged families. Dr. Renwick will describe new opportunities for research combining survey data with administrative data from a variety of sources.