(noun) The minimum level of income determined per locality to remain above a state of poverty.
Example: According to the United States Department of Health & Human Services in 2013, the poverty line for an individual is $13,230 and for a family or household of four $27,090 (Source: 2013 Poverty Guidelines).
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- Plural: poverty lines
- The term was popularized by Charles Booth (1840–1916).
- Also called:
- poverty level
- poverty threshold
- Word origin of “poverty” and “line” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Bernstein, Jared. 2001. Let the War on the Poverty Line Commence. New York: Foundation for Child Development.
- Capponi, Pat. 1997. Dispatches from the Poverty Line. Toronto: Penguin.
- Gillie, Alan. 1996. “The Origin of the Poverty Line.” The Economic History Review. 49 (04): 715-730.
- Landes, David S. 1998. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor. New York: W.W. Norton.
- Osberg, Lars. 1991. Economic Inequality and Poverty: International Perspectives. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
- Rank, Mark R. 2004. One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Ray, Debraj. 1998. Development economics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- David Fearon – Charles Booth: Mapping London’s Poverty, 1885-1903: csiss.org
- Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation – “Relative or Absolute – The Behavior of Poverty Lines Over Time”: hhs.gov
- United States Department of Health and Human Services – Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement: hhs.gov
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “poverty line.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/poverty-line/).
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poverty line. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/poverty-line/
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