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.
Team members regularly consult with researchers and statisticians from around the country to aid in the development of comparable local measures. The Team also provides data on income, employment, and poverty for use by City Agencies. The Research Team is led by the CEO Director of Poverty Research, Dr. Mark Levitan.
The NYC Center for Economic Opportunity's annual report on poverty, "The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005 – 2011," reflects a turning point for the New York City economy. The proportion of working age New Yorkers holding a job rose and the recession-related fall in annual earnings was stopped. Stabilized earnings, expanded tax initiatives and increased enrollment in nutritional assistance programs left the 2011 CEO poverty rate statistically unchanged from 2010, highlighting the importance of both an improving economy and the social safety net.
Read the report (in PDF)