Purvi Sevak

sevakpAssociate Professor

Ph.D. Economics, University of Michigan, 2002
Fields: Labor Economics, Public Finance, Disability
Office:   HW 1532
Phone: (212)772-5404
Fax:      212-772-5398
Email: psevak@hunter.cuny.edu




Professor Sevak’s research focuses on public policy and labor market outcomes for vulnerable populations including individuals with disabilities, older workers, and immigrants. Her research has been supported by the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Education (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)).

In addition to her appointment as an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Hunter College, Professor Sevak is a Faculty Associate at Roosevelt House Institute for Public Policy at Hunter College.


Farnham, Martin, and Purvi Sevak. “Housing Wealth and Retirement Timing.” CESifo Economic Studies, vol. 62, issue 1, March 2016, pp. 26-46.

Sevak, Purvi, Andrew Houtenville, Debra Brucker, and John O’Neill. “Individual Characteristics and the Disability Employment Gap.” Journal of Disability Policy Studies, vol. 26, issue 1, 2015.

Etz, Rebecca, Rosalind Keith, Anna Maternick, Karen Stein, Roy Sabo, Melissa Hayes, Purvi Sevak, John Holland, and Jesse Crosson. “Supporting Practices to Adopt Registry-Based Care (SPARC): Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial.” Implementation Science, vol. 10, issue 46, 2015.

Sevak, Purvi, and Lucie Schmidt. “Immigrants and Retirement Resources.” Social Security Bulletin, vol. 74, no. 1, 2014.

Clarke, Geoff, and Purvi Sevak. “The Disappearing Gay Income Penalty.” Economics Letters, vol. 121, issue 3, December 2013, pp. 542-545.

Farnham, Martin, Lucie Schmidt, and Purvi Sevak. “House Prices and Marital Stability.” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, vol. 101, no. 3, 2011, pp. 615-619.

Sevak, Purvi, and Lucie Schmidt. “Taxes, Wages, and the Labor Supply of Older Americans.” Research on Aging, vol. 31, no. 2, 2009, pp. 207-232.

Farnham, Martin, and Purvi Sevak. “State Fiscal Institutions and Empty Nest Migration: Are Tiebout Voters Hobbled?” Journal of Public Economics, vol. 90, no. 3, 2006, pp. 405-550.

Schmidt, Lucie, and Purvi Sevak. “Gender, Marriage and Asset Accumulation in the United States.” Feminist Economics, vol. 12, no. 1, 2006, pp. 139-160.

Charles, Kerwin, and Purvi Sevak. “Can Family Caregiving Substitute for Nursing Home Care?” Journal of Health Economics, vol. 24, no. 6, 2005, pp. 1174-1190.

Schmidt, Lucie, and Purvi Sevak. “AFDC, SSI, and Welfare Reform Aggressiveness: Caseload Reductions vs. Caseload Shifting.” Journal of Human Resources, vol. 39, no. 3, 2004.

Verbrugge, Lois M., and Purvi Sevak. “Disability Symptoms and the Price of Self-Sufficiency.” Journal of Aging and Health, vol. 16, no. 5, 2004.

Sevak, Purvi, David Weir, and Robert Willis. “The Economic Consequences of a Husband’s Death.” Social Security Bulletin, vol. 65, no. 3, 2003/2004.

Verbrugge, Lois M., and Purvi Sevak. “Use, Type, and Efficacy of Assistance for Disability.” Journals of Gerontology, vol. 57, 2002, pp. S366-S379.

Livermore, G.A., and P. Sevak. “Raising the Social Security Retirement Age: Implications for Employers.” Journal of Benefits and Compensation, vol. 13, no. 1, 1997, pp. 552-555.


Purvi Sevak’s RePEc page