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Weight your rates
20/05/2012, 14:26
Filed under: Sociology, Statistics

Yesterday I posted about a recent report from The [American] National Poverty Center (NPC) on extreme poverty in the United States. It’s a great report, but not perfect.

Although the numbers in the NPC report are good and useful, the authors seem to go to great lengths to obfuscate their relevance (or non-relevance).

All numbers are reported at the household level (except occasional child counts), and always in terms of absolute totals or as a proportions of national household poverty rates that are never reported.  Continue reading

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You lie!
19/05/2012, 17:19
Filed under: Economics, Policy, Sociology, Statistics

I’m having a hard time containing myself.

According to Even Solomon and the CBC “Seniors are 17 times more likely to live in poverty.” They did a whole bit about it. This statement is patently untrue.

http://www.cbc.ca/video/swf/UberPlayer.swf?state=sharevideo&clipId=2235688227&width=480&height=322

In fact, seniors households are anywhere between 8 and 1.4 times less likely than the rest of Canadians to end up in poverty. Yes, I said less likely. I get my numbers from a recent report from the Vanier Institute of the Family,* “The Current Sate of Canadian Family Finances” (I include a screenshot below.). This is the same report the CBC cites as the source of its magical “17.” So what went wrong?  Continue reading

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Re-undevelopped nation
18/05/2012, 14:49
Filed under: Economics, Policy, Sociology, Statistics

A recent report from The [American] National Poverty Center (NPC) at the University of Michigan examines recent trends in extreme poverty in the United States.

In the United States today, just under one fifth of poor families experience third world poverty levels in any given month. This works out to just under 2% of all american families. If we monetize food stamps this number drops to about one tenth, or just under 1% of all american families. 

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