Mexico Statistics Body Criticized for Poverty Survey Changes

07/18/16 The New York Times

inegiMEXICO CITY — Anti-poverty groups in Mexico accused the national statistics agency Monday of arbitrarily changing the way it measures income surveys so poverty appears to be less of a problem.

The statistics agency, known as the INEGI, defended the changes, saying it “improved” the way it measures income because it suspected people were underreporting what they earn.

The agency said it required its interviewers to dig deeper with people who reported no income, to turn up even the most meager sources of income like handouts, odd jobs or help from relatives. Those previously unregistered amounts were then added to the count in the survey, which was carried out late last year.

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