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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Research Grants and Awards
“School Choice Policy Research Center: A
National Research Partnership to Improve School Choice for Disadvantaged
Students.” Funded by teh Institute of Education Sciences (IES)/DOE. September 2016-August 2023.
“Between Home and School: The School Bus and
Student Outcomes,” Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), September 2017-August 2019.
"The Impact of the Built Environment on Child BMI," Funded by New York University (NYU)/National Institute of Health (NIH), September 2016-June 2021.
“Special Education Policy Reforms: Equal Opportunity at Last?” Funded by New York University (NYU)/Spencer Foundation, January 2015 – December 2017.
“Impact of the Food Environment on Child Body Mass Index,” Funded by New York University (NYU) /National Institute of Health (NIH), September 2013 – August 2017.