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Families on a fault line? The risk of poverty when a child joins the home

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 21:34
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Mattingly, Marybeth J.
Schaefer, Andrew
Gagnon, Douglas J.
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Published Date: 
February 2018
Published Date (Text): 
February 2018
Year: 
2018
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The mathematics of poverty suggest that family composition changes may influence poverty rates and, in particular, that the addition of a new child increases estimated family expenses and correspondingly the family’s poverty threshold. This analysis of 2015 Current Population Survey data finds that those families more likely to live in poverty—Black and Hispanic families, families with children, less-educated families, and those living in more rural or highly urban environments—are at heightened risk of falling into poverty with an additional child. (Author abstract)

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