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Topic - Timothy Smeeding
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who conduct an annual study of poverty have found jobs and earnings are beginning to rise again as the Badger State recovers from the recession.
Seventy percent of Americans born at the bottom fifth of income never rise up to the middle. But what about those few who do? What makes them different?
Smeeding said the Wisconsin Poverty Measure, or WPM, is a more accurate assessment because it takes into account noncash public benefits, health care costs and work-related expenses.
"In times of need, a safety net that enhances low earnings for families with children, puts food on the table, and encourages self-reliance, as Wisconsin's safety net does, makes a big difference," says Timothy Smeeding, the UW's La Follette School professor who co-authored the study.