Amy Ellen Schwartz
Professor, Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs
Amy Ellen Schwartz is a Professor of Economics, Public
Administration and International Affairs and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair
in Public Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. She is also an Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics at NYU. Professor Schwartz is a co-PI and director of Transportation Research
for the IES-funded National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice.
Her research spans a broad range
of topics in education policy and urban economics, focusing on the nexus of
schools, neighborhoods, and public services and the causes and consequences of
children’s academic, social, and health outcomes. Current IES-funded work
examines the link between transportation, school choice, commuting, and
student outcomes using unique microdata on New York City public school children.
Her NIH-funded study of childhood obesity explores the role of the built
environment and the food environment, both at home and at school, providing
compelling evidence about “what works” to improve student outcomes. Other work
examines the impacts of housing (e.g. vouchers, public housing), neighborhood
crime, and special education, among others.
Professor Schwartz is a leading expert on the
use of large-scale administrative micro-data sets for policy research, drawing
on more than twenty years of collaborative research using detailed micro-data
on New York City public school children, buildings, resources, neighborhoods,
retail establishments, and taxation.
She also serves on various editorial boards,
including Regional Science and Urban
Economics, PLOS-One, and Education Finance and Policy and was
the editor of Education Finance and
Policy from 2014-2019. At Maxwell, she is the director of the Doctoral
Program in Public Affairs, a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy
Research, and the leader of the Education and Social Policy Working Group. At
NYU, Professor Schwartz was the Director of the Institute for Education and
Schwartz earned a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia
University and a B.S. from Cornell University.
"Do Housing Vouchers Improve Academic
Performance? Evidence from New York City." Amy Ellen Schwartz, Keren Horn, Ingrid Gould
Ellen, and Sarah Cordes, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (forthcoming).
"Childhood Obesity and the Food Environment: A
Population-Based Sample of Public School Children in New York City." Brian Elbel, Kosuke Tamura, Zac McDermott,
Erilia Wu, and Amy Ellen Schwartz, Obesity (forthcoming).
"Let Them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free
Meals on Student Performance." Amy Ellen Schwartz
and Michah Rothbart, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (forthcoming).
a Difference a Grade Makes: Evidence from New York City's Restaurant Grading
Policy." Michah Rothbart, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Thad D.
Calabrese, Zachary Papper, Todor Mijanovich, Rachel Meltzer, and Diana Silver, Public Administration Review, Vol. 79, No. 5 (2019), pp.651-665.
"The Effect of Residential Mobility on Student
Performance: Evidence from NYC." Sarah Cordes, Leanna Stiefel, and Amy Ellen Schwartz, American Educational Research Journal, Vol. 56, No. 4 (2019), pp. 1380-1411.
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). 2017-2020.
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.