The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

November 13, 2013 08:15 ET

The Fraser Institute: Does Canada Have an Accurate Measure of Poverty? New Study Coming Thursday, November 14

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 13, 2013) - The Fraser Institute will release a new study on Thursday November 14 that looks at the accuracy and effectiveness of widely-used measurements of poverty in Canada.

"The measurement of poverty cannot be an exercise in compassion. In counting the number of poor people, we should set aside how we feel about poverty and what we think should be done about it. If poverty is a condition of serious deprivation, then we should find a way to objectively determine the number of people who are, in fact, likely to be deprived in that way," says Christopher Sarlo, professor of economics at Nipissing University, Fraser Institute senior fellow and author of Poverty: Where do we Draw the Line?

A news release with additional information will be issued via Marketwired at 6:30 a.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, November 14.

The full report will also be available as a free PDF download at

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