Two GAO Reports on Poverty in America

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 24, 2007

  • Poverty In America: Consequences for Individuals and the Economy, Full text GAO-07-343T, and Highlights, January 24, 2007: “In 2005, 37 million people, approximately 13 percent of the total population, lived below the poverty line, as defined by the Census Bureau.”
  • Poverty in America: Economic Research Shows Adverse Impacts on Health Status and Other Social Conditions as well as the Economic Growth Rate, Full text GAO-07-344, and Highlights, January 24, 2007: “Economic research suggests that individuals living in poverty face an increased risk of adverse outcomes, such as poor health and criminal activity, both of which may lead to reduced participation in the labor market.”
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