Financial problems also plague the current poverty measurements as well. Issues measuring the Consumer Price Index, the index of variation in prices paid by the average consumer on goods and services, understates the real fall in poverty by three percentage points over the last sixty years*. Additionally, individuals deliberately under report incomes so they can accrue more benefits, hampers administrators allocations*. This encourages them to become criminals or lazy, rather than working hard to ascend from poverty. Such a singular emphasis on income results in recipients being able to easily manipulate the system to their own advantage.
*Council of Economic Advisers. The War on Poverty 50 Year Later: A Progress Report. Washington, DC: United States Government, 2014. 2,8,11, 26,27,33. Print.1