Amy Ellen Schwartz
Professor of Public Policy, and Education and Economics
Phone: 212 998 7461
Amy Ellen Schwartz, a renowned scholar in public policy and economics, is the research advisor for the Institute for Education and Social Policy . Professor Schwartz holds a dual appointment in Steinhardt's Humanities and Social Sciences department and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Her research is primarily in applied econometrics, focusing on state and local governments and urban policy, particularly education policy and finance. Ongoing projects in K-12 education focus on the education of immigrant children in New York City; the disparities in test scores across racial and ethnic groups; and the measurement of school performance and the distinction between 'good schools' and 'good students. A current project in housing research investigates the impact of subsidized housing on property values and economic development. Her work in higher education focuses on the cost of college, including both four year and two year colleges in the U.S. Previous research has evaluated the role of public infrastructure in determining state output, growth, and employment, and other issues in public finance. Professor Schwartz's research has been published in the American Economic Review, The Journal of Human Resources, National Tax Journal, and Journal of Public Economics.
Economics, Applied Economics
- Joseph S. Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award, Center for Accountability and Performance, American Society for Public Administration
- Stephen Vladeck Junior Faculty Fellow, New York University
- Herbert H. Lehman Graduate Fellow
- New York State Regents Scholar
- "What's Happened to the Price of College? Quality Adjusted Net Price Indices for Four Year Colleges" with Benjamin P. Scafidi, Journal of Human Resources (forthcoming)
- "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)