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 at the Center for Policy Research. Amy is also the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs, and Director of the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University. Her research interests span a broad range of issues in education policy, urban economics, and public finance. Previous work has considered infrastructure investment and economic growth; the impact of public interventions (such as housing investment, business improvement districts or charter schools) on property values; intergovernmental aid; and the consequences of education reform. Current projects include an investigation of student mobility; the impact of neighborhood crime on student performance; the link between neighborhoods, schools and child obesity; and the impact of housing vouchers on residential location decisions and children’s educational outcomes.

Professor Schwartz’s work has been published in a range of journals. Her research has been funded through grants from federal agencies, such as the Institute for Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and foundations, including the Spencer Foundation, Macarthur Foundation, and WT Grant Foundation. In 2009, she served as the President of the Association for Education Finance and Policy. Professor Schwartz is currently on the editorial board of Regional Science and Urban Economics and is the Editor of Education Finance and Policy. Amy received her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1989.

Select Publications

“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 (Forthcoming).

Unexpected Arrivals: The Spillover Effects of Mid-Year Entry on Stable Student Achievement in New York City."  Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, and Emily Whitesell, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Published Online (August 10, 2016). DOI: 10.3102/0162373716661242 

Moving Matters: The Causal Effect of School Mobility on Student Performance." Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, and Sarah Cordes, Education Finance and Policy, Published Online (May 18, 2016). DOI:10.1162/EDFP_a_00.

“Do Top Dogs Rule in Middle School? Evidence on Bullying, Safety, and Belonging." Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, and Michah Rothbart, American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), Vol. 53, No. 5 (2016), pp. 1450-1484, (Record Online, September 14, 2016). DOI: 10.3102/0002831216657177.

“Why Don’t Housing Choice Voucher Recipients Live Near Better Schools? Insights from Big Data." Amy Ellen Schwartz, Ingrid Gould Ellen, and Keren Mertens Horn, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), Vol. 35, No. 4 (2016), pp. 884-905, (Record online, June 27, 2016). DOI: 10.1002/pam.21929. 

More Publications

Research Grants and Awards

"The Impact of the Built Environment on Child BMI," NYU/NIH. September 2016-June 2021.

“Special Education Policy Reforms: Equal Opportunity at Last?” NYU/Spencer Foundation, January 2015 – December 2017.

“Impact of the Food Environment on Child Body Mass Index,” NYU/NIH, September 2013 – August 2017.

“Can (E)mail Improve the Effectiveness of BMI Reporting?” The Poverty Action Lab, April 2015 – December 2016.

“The Impact of School Food Policy on Childhood Obesity,” NYU/NIH, February 2015 – March 2016.