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Intergenerational Poverty in America
Assignment 1: Poverty in CA
from the ACS 2021 (find it here:
Decide which variables to include
Only keep individuals from CA.
If the file is too big, select a random sample
The data contains a variable called "poverty" status. You can use this measure as a
check, but I would like you to report at least one alternative definition of poverty
that your group will compute from scratch.
of your choice to look at this data and to understand who is poor in CA.
How many people are poor in CA? Who are they (age, race, etc)? Where do they
What is the poverty rate in CA? which groups are most likely to be poor?
YOU need to decide which statistics to compute.
Make sure you compute the answer to the questions in the survey.
Write a ONE PAGE memo
for the governor of CA on poverty in California
Submit the memo online
The memo should contain the answers to the questions above and all other
information that you deem relevant (e.g. you could compare CA to other states).
Important backup materials (for example details on how you decided who was
poor) can be included as appendices.
All facts should either be computed by your group or be accompanied by
Memo should have 1-inch margins, use single spacing at 12-point font.
You may include figures in the main memo.
Use your data to answer the following online survey before coming to class:
Late assignments get a grade of 0. Points will be taken off if you don't answer the survey.
Points will be deducted for not following instructions.
Make sure you do not exceed the length and that you follow formatting
Make sure you include citations when relevant
Figures if included should include labels, have titles and be self-explanatory
Unformatted computer output is not acceptable.