Amy Ellen Schwartz

Professor of Public Policy, and Education and Economics

Amy Ellen Schwartz

Phone: 212 998 7461

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi

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.

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. Columbia University
    Economics, Applied Economics
  • M.Phil. Columbia University
  • M.A. Columbia University
  • B.S. Cornell University
    with Distinction


  • 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

Selected Publications

  • Sean P. Corcoran, Sarah A. Cordes, and Amy Ellen Schwartz (forthcoming). “State Education Expenditures” in Marilyn Rubin and Katherine Willoughby, editors, Sustaining the States: The Fiscal Viability of American State Governments.
  • Amy Ellen Schwartz and Leanna Stiefel (forthcoming). “From Front Yards to Schoolyards: Linking Housing Policy and School Reform” in Kimberly Goyette and Annette Lareau, editors, Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools. Russell Sage, New York, NY.
  • Jacob Leos-Urbel, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Meryle Weinstein, and Sean Corcoran (2013). “Not Just for Poor Kids: The Impact of Universal Free School Breakfast on Meal Participation and Student Outcomes.” Economics of Education Review, 36: 88-107.
  • Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, and Matthew Wiswall (2013). “Do Small Schools Improve Performance in Large, Urban Districts? Causal Evidence from New York City.” Journal of Urban Economics, 77: 27-40.