Poverty Data & Research

The Poverty Research Team is responsible for the development of CEO's poverty measure. The work has received nationwide attention and contributed to recently announced plans for a Federal Supplemental Poverty Measure.


The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2014

The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2014 The executive summary for the "The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005 – 2014," the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity's annual report on poverty, is now available. As the economy continued to emerge from recession in 2014, citywide poverty remained statistically unchanged from the previous year.

In addition to the CEO Poverty Measure Report, please see the recently-released OneNYC Status Update, a look at progress made in the first year of the City's comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city for all New Yorkers.

Read the CEO Poverty Measure Executive Summary (in PDF)
Read the CEO Poverty Measure Report (in PDF)
Read the OneNYC Status Update (in PDF)
Read the OneNYC report (in PDF)



Dr. Mark Levitan Highlights The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005 – 2011

Past Reports

The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2013 (April 2015) (in PDF)
The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2012 (April 2014) (in PDF)
The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2011 (April 2013)
(in PDF)
The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2010 (April 2012) (in PDF)
Policy Affects Poverty: The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2009 (March 2011) (in PDF)
The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2008 (March 2010) (in PDF)
The Executive Summary for The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2008 (March 2010) (in PDF)
The CEO Poverty Measure (August 2008) (in PDF)


National Interest

The U.S. Census Bureau released its first research report on the new Supplemental Poverty Measure in November 2011. This effort was informed by the work of the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity, which released its first report on an alternative measure for New York City in 2008. The new Supplemental Measure provides a more realistic picture of poverty by accounting for both families’ resources and their expenses. This work is based on the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences. 
U.S. Census Report (in PDF)


Learn more
D'Onofrio, Christine, Mark Levitan et al. International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, August 2012
The Status of Women in Poverty Using Alternative Poverty Measures: New York City's Local Area Estimate (in PDF)
Levitan, Mark and Daniel Scheer, IRP Discussion Paper No. 1398-12, November 2011
Effect of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on the New York City poverty rate (in PDF)

Levitan, Mark et al. Stanford University, Fall 2011
Understanding Local Poverty: Lessons from New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity (in PDF)

Virgin, Vicky in partnership with NYC CEO, June 10, 2011
Creating the CEO Poverty Unit: An Evaluation Using the CPS ASEC (in PDF)
Levitan, Mark et al. prepared for 32nd Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, November 4-6, 2010
Accounting for Housing Needs in a High Rent City: Poverty Research by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (in PDF)
Potter, Frank et al. JSM 2010
Imputation Variance Estimation Protocols for the NAS Poverty Measure: The New York City Poverty Measure Experience (in PDF)
Levitan, Mark and Trudi Renwick, JSM 2010
Using the American Community Survey to Implement a National Academy of Sciences-Style Poverty Measure: A Comparison of Imputation Strategies (in PDF)

Levitan, Mark et al. "Using the American Community Survey to create a National Academy of Sciences-Style Poverty Measure: Work by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity" Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Volume 29, Issue 2, pages 373-386, Spring 2010