Sophie Mitra

Sophie Mitra



Sophie Mitra is professor of economics, founding director of the Research Consortium on Disability at Fordham University in New York City and principal investigator of the Disability Data Initiative. Her research agenda has documented economic insecurity and identified policies that reduce it. A line of work consists in evaluating the impact of social protection policies on wellbeing and health with a particular focus currently on long-term care insurance. Another line of work has produced evidence to document disability inequalities and to understand the factors that drive them, such as discrimination or extra costs of living for families (e.g. medical or transportation costs). She is the author of Disability, Health and Human Development (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), in which she proposed the human development model disability, health and wellbeing based on the capability approach. She received her doctorate in economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.


Mitra, S., Q. Gao (2023). Disability and social policy: global evidence and perspectives. Global Social Policy

Mitra, S., J. Yap, J. Hervé, W. Chen (2023). Inclusive Statistics: A disaggregation of indicators by disability status and its implications for policy. Global Social Policy 

Kim, H. and Mitra, S. (2022). Economic and Health Effects of Long-term Care Insurance: New Evidence from Korea. Journal of Economics of Aging. Vol. 23 100412

Lewis, E., Mitra, S. and Yap, J. (2022). Do disability inequalities grow with development? Evidence from 40 countries. Sustainability, Vol. 14, no. 9: 5110.

Mitra, S., W. Chen, J. Hervé, S. Pirozzi* and J. Yap (2022). Invisible or Mainstream? Disability in Surveys and Censuses in  Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Social Indicators Research. 163, pp. 219–249