Amy Ellen Schwartz

Professor, Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs


Amy Ellen Schwartz is a Professor of Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. Amy is also the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs. Her research spans a broad range in education policy and urban economics, focusing on the nexus of schools, neighborhoods and public services. Current projects include a study of the role of transportation on school choice, commuting, and student outcomes using unique microdata on New York City public school children; an examination of the impact of housing vouchers on school access and academic outcomes; a study of how neighborhood crime shapes students success and the link between the retail and built environment on children’s success; and an investigation of school food and special education programs. Professor Schwartz’s past research has considered infrastructure investment, school finance, school reform, and the causes and solutions to educational inequality. 

Professor Schwartz’s work has been published in leading journals including The Journal of Urban Economics, American Economic Review, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Education Finance and Policy. She serves on the editorial board of Regional Science and Urban Economics and is the Editor of Education Finance and Policy. Prior to joining Maxwell, Professor Schwartz was the Director of the Institute for Education and Social Policy and Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics at NYU. Amy received her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1989.

Select Publications

“Operationalizing Local School Wellness Policies in New York City.” Melissa Pflugh Prescott, L Beth Dixon, Brian Elbel, and Amy Ellen Schwartz, Health Behavior & Policy Review (forthcoming).

“Showing Up: Disparities in Chronic Absenteeism between Students with and without Disabilities in Traditional Public Schools.” Michael Gottfried, Leanna Stiefel, Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Bryant Hopkins, Teachers College Record (forthcoming).

Who Feels Included in School? Examining Feelings of Inclusion among Students with Disabilities.” Leanna Stiefel, Menbere Shiferaw, Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Michael Gottfried, Educational Researcher, Vol 47, No. 2 (2017), pp. 105-120. DOI: 10.3102/0013189X17738761.

School Wellness Programs: Magnitude and Distribution in New York City Public Schools." Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, Brian Elbel, Melissa Pflugh Prescott, Siddhartha Aneja, Journal of School Health, Vol. 87, No. 1 (2017), pp. 3-11. DOI: 10.1111/josh.12463. 

Moving Matters: The Causal Effect of School Mobility on Student Performance." Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, and Sarah Cordes, Education Finance and Policy, Vol. 12, No. 4 (2017), pp. 419-446. DOI:10.1162/EDFP_a_00.

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Research Grants and Awards

Co-Principal Investigator. “School Choice Policy Research Center: A National Research Partnership to Improve School Choice for Disadvantaged Students.” Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)/DOE. 2016-2023.

Principal Investigator. “Between Home and School: The School Bus and Student Outcomes.” Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). 2017-2019.

Co-Principal Investigator. "The Impact of the Built Environment on Child BMI." with Brian Ebel. Funded by New York University (NYU)/National Institute of Health (NIH). 2016-2021.

Co-Principal Investigator. “Special Education Policy Reforms: Equal Opportunity at Last?” Funded by New York University (NYU)/Spencer Foundation. 2015-2017.

Co-Principal Investigator. “Impact of the Food Environment on Child Body Mass Index,” with Brian Ebel. Funded by New York University (NYU) /National Institute of Health (NIH). 2013-2017.