Shatakshee Dhongde, associate professor, Economics

Posted November 13, 2017

Shatakshee Dhongde, associate professor in the School of Economics at Georgia Institute of Technology, research is focused on measuring multidimensional deprivation and its relation with income poverty. The School of Economics is part of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

Dhongde recently published a paper “Assessing Multidimensional Deprivation among the Elderly in the USA” as a refereed chapter in the volume on Measuring Multidimensional Poverty and Deprivation: Incidence and Determinants in Developed Countries, edited by R. White. The edited collection is part of Palgrave’s series on Global Perspectives on Wealth and Distribution and provides a comprehensive examination of multidimensional poverty for a wide variety of economies and societies, with a general focus on multidimensional poverty in developed countries, where poverty is often overlooked. Dhongde’s analysis finds that almost 38 percent of the elderly were deprived in at least one dimension, and 13 percent were deprived in two or more dimensions of well-being. The elderly experienced overlapping deprivations in terms of disabilities income poverty and housing burden.

Dhongde’s paper “Multi-dimensional Deprivation in the U.S ” was published in the September 2017 issue of the journal of Social Indicators Research. Both Dhongde and the paper’s co-author, Robert Haveman, are affiliated with the nationally reputed Institute of Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this paper, the authors measure multi-dimensional deprivation in the U.S. during the Great Recession. Results from the analysis indicate that the proportion of the population that is multidimensional deprived averages about 15 percent and exceeds the prevalence of official income poverty. Lack of education, severe housing burden and lack of health insurance were some of the dimensions in which Americans were most deprived in.

The School of Economics is a unit of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

For more information on Dhongde’s research, visit her Research webpage.


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