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Sarah Elyzabeth Gultom is an Assistant Professor of Business Innovation at Monash University, Indonesia. She holds a PhD in economics from Monash University Malaysia. She obtained her undergraduate and honours degrees in business and commerce, specialising in economics, banking and finance, from the same university.

Sarah was a visiting researcher at the SMERU Research Institute Indonesia and has worked on research projects for the Department of Economics, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia. She also served as a guest lecturer for the School of Science, Monash University Malaysia, where she taught economic indicators, poverty and inequality. Besides research and teaching, her experience includes working for a not-for-profit organisation. She is one of the founding members of a foundation that focuses on rural development in North Sumatra.

Her research interests lie in development economics, particularly poverty, inequality and impact evaluation. Her previous research centred on the measurement and application of multidimensional poverty indices, income and education inequalities and evaluation of anti-poverty programmes. She is interested in exploring other areas of development and applied economics, including the role of businesses in Indonesia's economic and social development.

Monash teaching commitment

ECI5953 - Regulation, prices and markets

ECI5590 - Poverty, inequality and opportunity

BTI5111 - Technology: Risk and regulation in the digital age

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, PhD, Multidimensional Poverty in Indonesia: An Empirical Application, Monash University Malaysia

Award Date: 28 Oct 2020

Economics, Banking and Finance, BBusCom (Hons), Monash University Malaysia

Award Date: 9 Dec 2013

Research area keywords

  • Poverty
  • Inequality
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Development Economics