Posted August 23, 2017
Dr. Shatakshee Dhongde served on the program committee for this year’s Society of Economic Measurement (SEM) conference co-sponsored by the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and the Center for Financial Stability. The conference was held at MIT’s Samberg Conference Center, Cambridge, MA, from July 26 to 28, 2017. The Society for Economic Measurement (SEM) was founded to promote research on economic measurement, using advanced tools from economic theory, econometrics, aggregation theory, experimental economics, mathematics, and statistics.
Dr. Dhongde organized a session on Measurement of Inequality, Poverty, and Deprivation. The session highlighted current research on how to use an axiomatic approach to formalize measures of polarization, segregation, and multidimensional deprivation. Dr. Dhongde presented her research paper, co-authored with Dr. Pattanaik and Dr. Xu. In this paper, the authors propose an analytical framework for measuring social well-being and deprivation when information about an individual’s achievement in each dimension is assumed to be ordinal and binary in nature. Using this framework and data from American Community Survey, one of the largest household-level surveys in the U.S., the author's study changes in social well-being and deprivation in the U.S. during the Great Recession. A copy of the paper is available here.
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