Heather Schwartz is a policy researcher and the associate director of RAND Education. She researches education and housing policies intended to reduce the negative effects of poverty on children and families. She is also a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty.
Her work falls in three policy areas intended to help close the income achievement gap: economically integrative housing and school programs, K-12 school reforms, and early childhood learning opportunities. She is interested in experimental and non-experimental methods to make causal inferences about the effects of public policies. Her methodological skills include benefit-cost analyses, survey design, collecting focus group and interview data, and quantitative analysis of large secondary data sets.
Schwartz earned her Ph.D. in education policy from Columbia University.
Catherine Augustine, Jennifer Sloan McCombs, Heather Schwartz, Laura Zakaras, Getting to Work on Summer Learning. Recommended Practices for Success, RAND Corporation (RR-366), 2013
"Housing policy is school policy: Economically integrative housing promotes academic success in Montgomery County, Maryland," in Richard D. Kahlenberg, The Future of School Integration, Century Foundation, 2012
Heather Schwartz, Kata Mihaly, Breann Gala, "Encouraging residential moves to opportunity neighborhoods: An experiment testing incentives offered to housing voucher recipients," Housing Policy Debate, 0, 2017
Craig Pollack, Hank Green, David Kennedy, Beth Ann Griffin, Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, Susan Burkhauser, Heather Schwartz, "The impact of public housing on social networks: a natural experiment," American Journal of Public Health, 104(9), 2014
Randall Reback, Jonah Rockoff, Heather Schwartz, "Under Pressure: Job Security, Resource Allocation, and Productivity in Schools Under No Child Left Behind," American Economic Journal, 6(3), 2014
Laura Hamilton, Heather Schwartz, Brian Stecher, Jennifer Steele, "Improving Accountability through Expanded Measures of Performance," Journal of Educational Administration, 51(4), 2013
Henry Levin, Heather Schwartz, "Comparing Costs of Early Childhood Care and Education Programs: An International Perspective," Hacienda Pública Española, 201, 2012
Heather Schwartz, Susan Burkhauser, Beth Ann Griffin, David Kennedy, Hank Green, Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, Craig Pollack, "Do the Joneses Help You Keep Up? A Natural Experiment in Exposure to Non-Poor Neighbors," Housing Policy Debate, 0, 2015