How to Lower Poverty Without Really Trying
Followers of statistical entrails have known for some time that the incidence of poverty (sorry, low income)Â varies between surveys. The Census – which covers 20% of the population – captures significantly more low income personsÂ than does the annual Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics which is based on a much smaller sample which is followed for a period of time. The measure of low income is the same – the LICO (after tax.)
Here are the numbers for 2005. They suggest that the replacement of the long form Census with a National Household Survey will lead to a significant reduction in measured low income.
|Low Income (After Tax) in 2005 (%)|