Running head: POVERTY RATE RESEARCH PROPOSALPoverty Rate Research ProposalInstitutionDate1POVERTY RATE RESEARCH PROPOSAL2AbstractThis paper outlines a study that seeks to determine the effect of the recession of the early2000's on U.S. poverty rates. Specifically, we are testing whether the poverty rates differed inthe decade of 1990-1999, before the 2001 (millennium) recession, from the rates of the 20022006 period, after the recession. Ours will be an observational study, based on U.S. census data.Aspects of the study to be discussed include the study design, characteristics of the populationand the sample, the variables and their measures, data collection and analysis methods, as wellas possible follow-up research.Keywords: study, poverty rate, recession, hypothesis, decade, observational, census,millennium.POVERTY RATE RESEARCH PROPOSAL3Poverty Rate Research ProposalStudy DesignOur research question will be, was the U.S. poverty rate in the 1990's affected by therecession of the early 2000's? Correspondingly, our research hypothesis state, that the averagepoverty rate in the 1990's was lower than the poverty rate in the 2000's, following the recessionof 2001.The poverty rate is defined as the ratio of persons who live below the poverty line(determined by the U.S. government). The most detailed source of poverty rates data is the U.S.Census Bureau, which provides data tables and analysis tools, necessary to obtain poverty rateinformatio ...
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