Shatakshee Dhongde, associate professor at the Georgia Tech School of Economics, presented her research on “Multidimensional Deprivation in the U.S.” at the United Nations on March 22, 2018. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) plans to monitor multidimensional poverty in developed countries and invited Dhongde to talk about her research on poverty in the U.S.
Dhongde’s paper, published in Social Indicators Research, is the first to estimate multidimensional deprivation in the U.S. during the Great Recession. Results from the analysis indicate that the proportion of the population that is deprived in multiple dimensions averages about 15 percent and exceeds the prevalence of poverty as measured by income. Dhongde's study showed that lack of education, severe housing burden, and lack of health insurance were some of the dimensions in which Americans were most deprived.
The School of Economics is part of the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.