Janet Miles, CAP-OM (janetmiles) wrote,
Janet Miles, CAP-OM

Chronicle of Higher Ed article on poverty

What makes someone poor? Among those who study poverty, the answer has long been a lack of money. If your income falls below a certain level, you're poor. Researchers study extreme poverty and chronic poverty, but the basic assumption is the same: What's in your wallet is what matters.

But maybe there's more to it. Maybe poverty is about not having enough food, access to health care, reliable transportation, adequate sanitation, and a dozen other things that make life bearable. The so-called multidimensional approach has been getting a lot of attention lately from both academics and government officials, who wonder if the way we've been measuring poverty for decades has been, if not wrong, then perhaps incomplete.

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