- The official poverty measure, which has been with us since the 1960s, fails to capture the effects of public policy.
- The supplemental poverty measure, which draws on the recommendations of a 1995 National Academy of Sciences report, creates a more complex statistical picture incorporating additional items, and is more transparent about the effects of public policy.
- In the set of estimates for the research supplemental poverty measure released in experimental form by the Census Bureau in fall 2011, we see that food stamps alone lower the poverty rate for families with kids nationally by three percentage points.
- NYC Mayor Bloomberg, who is “all about measurement,” has pioneered the use of the supplemental poverty measure to measure the impact of his anti-poverty programs in the city.
- According to the SPM, poverty in NYC is now at 23 percent, and the food stamp program lowers poverty in the city by as much as five percentage points.