Amy Ellen Schwartz
Professor of Public Policy, and Education and Economics
Phone: 212 998 7461
Amy Ellen Schwartz is Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics and Director of the Institute for Education and Social Policy. She teaches courses in public finance and policy at both the Wagner School and The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her research is primarily in applied econometrics, focusing on issues in urban policy, education policy and public finance. Her current research in K-12 education examines the relationship between student performance and housing and neighborhood change, the role of schools and neighborhoods in shaping childhood obesity, immigration and mobility in urban schools, and the efficacy of school reforms. Research on urban economic development has included work on Business Improvement Districts, housing investment, school choice, and investment in infrastructure, among other issues in public finance. Professor Schwartz has published numerous articles in academic journals including: the American Economic Review, The Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Urban Economics. Her research has been supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation, NIH, IES, NSF, WT Grant Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation among others. Professor Schwartz received her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.
- M.A. Columbia University, Economics
- Ph.D. Columbia University, Economics, Applied Economics
- B.S. Cornell University, with Distinction
- M.Phil. Columbia University
Grants and Awards
- "The Impact of School Reform on Student Performance: Evidence from the New York Network for School Renewal Project" with Leanna Stiefel and Dae Yeop Kim, Journal of Human Resources, (2004) V. 39. N. 2, pp. 500-522.
- "Distinguishing Good Schools from Bad in Principle and Practice: A Comparison of Four Methods," with Ross Rubenstein, Leanna Stiefel and Hella Bel Hadj Amor in Developments in School Finance 2003, National Center for Education Statistics, (forthcoming).
- "From Districts To Schools: The Distribution Of Resources Across Schools In Big City School Districts," with Leanna Stiefel and Ross Rubenstein. Symposium on Education Finance and Organization Structure in NYS Schools, Albany, NY, March 2004. (link)