The latent and sequential costs of being poor: Exploration of a potential paradigm shift

Laura R. Peck, Elizabeth Segal

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Abstract

This paper proposes a new framework for describing well-being and hardship among low-income families. We describe previously unmeasured costs of being poor as latent, those costs that are hidden and not counted in other poverty measures, and sequential, those costs that are consequential and have subsequent cost implications. Using data from in-depth interviews with cash assistance recipients and working poor heads of household, we explore latent and sequential costs of poverty related to health. Families experience a wide variety of latent and sequential costs associated with their dental, vision, and general health needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Poverty
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 28 2006

Keywords

  • Health
  • Latent costs
  • Poverty measurement
  • Sequential costs
  • Welfare reform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Sociology and Political Science

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