The sequential costs of poverty: What traditional measures overlook

Elizabeth Segal, Laura R. Peck

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This research note proposes an addition to the poverty measurement debate. Motivated by dissatisfaction with the official poverty measure, which many scholars and practitioners share, we propose the use of sequential costs of poverty to enrich the poverty measure so that it might capture more closely the life-experiences of low-income families. After presenting some background on poverty measurement, this research note explores the conceptual framework that surrounds the notion of sequential costs. Drawing on our past research, we propose ways in which these sequential costs surface, with illustrative examples from health, employment, housing, and income maintenance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-238
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006


  • Latent and sequential costs of poverty
  • Low-income
  • Poverty measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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