Constance F. Citro and Robert T. Michael, Editors
Panel on Poverty and Family Assistance:
Concepts, Information Needs, and Measurement Methods
Committee on National Statistics
Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
National Research Council
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Measuring poverty : a new approach / Panel on Poverty and Family
Assistance . . . [et al.].
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Poverty—United States—Statistical methods. I. Panel on
Poverty and Family Assistance (United States)
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