Calculating poverty risk society for the individual and for society


2016 to 2017


The website provides knowledge about poverty risk for the individual, and for individuals in other categories of risk. This permits individuals to know their risk in comparison to others. The website has been viewed 758,000 times as of February 12, 2017


Rising poverty among white Americans has change the political and social climate within the country. However people tend not to know their own poverty risk, or the relative risk of others. The website in designed to provide this information in order to create the conditions for better political and social outcomes.


The response included coverage in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes and many other media outlets. The number of page views (758,000) indicates great interest.


The impact is difficult to assess given that the political climate expressed awareness of poverty, however positive steps to fight poverty have not materialized.

Submitted by: 

  • Hirschl, Thomas A

Researchers involved: 

  • Hirschl, Thomas A
  • Rank, Mark R

International focus: 

  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • New York