Longer-term view adds context to Census poverty data

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the American peoples’ 2016 experience with poverty, median income and health insurance. Tom Hirschl, sociologist and co-author of “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes,” says that while the numbers today reflect an incremental improvement, middle-class and working-class Americans still feel insecure about their economic future. To […]

Census poverty numbers are a snapshot, not full picture

This morning, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its poverty numbers for 2015. The expectation is that the number will likely approximate the poverty rate from the year before. Tom Hirschl, sociologist and co-author of “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes,” says the problem with these estimates is that they only provide […]