Dr. Dhongde’s research interests lie in the complementary areas of income distribution, inequality and poverty. “Eradicating extreme poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030” is the first of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. There is a growing consensus that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty and that there is a significant rise in inequality within countries. Often the policy debate centers on the precise measurement of poverty and inequality. Dr. Dhongde’s research contributes to this debate by providing a quantitative measurement of poverty, inequality and deprivation across multiple dimensions. These dimensions include well-being in terms of housing, health, education and so on. Dr. Dhongde has made extensive contribution in estimating multidimensional poverty and well-being in the United States. Additionally, she has also worked on other countries including Ethiopia, India, and Mexico.

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