The Public Interest

Redefining poverty and redistributing income

Victor R. Fuchs

Summer 1967

The problem of poverty, like most problems, begins with the problem of definition. Depending upon how poverty is defined, one can conclude that it is not a serious problem in the United States, that it is an insoluble problem, that we now are making great strides toward eliminating it, that we are not making any progress at all– or almost anything in between these extreme alternatives.

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