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Saul Schwartz

Social policy; economics of education; consumer debt; policy evaluation; behavioural economics; labour economics

Phone:613-520-2600 x 2542
Office:5212 Richcraft Hall

On sabbatical until July 2019.

Teaching Concentration: Policy Analysis
Courses Taught: 
Microeconomics, Behavioural Economics, Social Policy, Education Policy, Research Methods

Recent Publications

  • Castleman, B., Schwartz, S. & Baum, S. (Eds.) (Forthcoming). Decision-Making for College Success. New York: Routledge.
  • Baum, S. & Schwartz, S. (Forthcoming). Student aid, student behavior and educational attainment. In B. Castleman,   Schwartz, and S. Baum (Eds.), Decision-Making for College Success. New York: Routledge.
  • Lysenko, D. & Schwartz, S. (Forthcoming). Does Canada Need Trade Adjustment Assistance? Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.
  • Ben-Ishai, S., & Schwartz, S. (2014). The multiple legal orders for handling personal insolvency in Canada.”  Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 29(1),   1-10
  • Zabel, J., Schwartz, S., & Donald, S. (2013). “An analysis of the impact of SSP on wages,” Empirical Economics, 44(1), 231-259
  • Ben-Ishai, S., Schwartz, S., & Telfer, T. (2011). A retrospective on the Canadian consumer bankruptcy system: 40 years after the Tassé report. Canadian Business Law Journal, 50, 236-258.
  • Schwartz, S. (2010). Can financial education improve financial literacy and retirement planning? IRPP Study No. 12. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.
  • Ben-Ishai, S., & Schwartz, S., with Baretto, J. (2010). The role of government in the overindebtedness of the economically disadvantaged. Queen’s Law Journal, 35(2), 539-568.
  • Zabel, J., Schwartz, S., & Donald, S. (2010). The impact of the Self-Sufficiency Project on the employment behaviour of former welfare recipients. Canadian Journal of Economics, 43(3), 882-918.

Research Interests

Welfare reform has been a consistent interest over the years, highlighted by my long-standing involvement with the experimental analysis of the Canadian Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP), a demonstration project that subsidized work by long-term welfare recipients.

Efforts to increase post-secondary access and success are another analytic focus, as demonstrated by: (1) a forthcoming edited volume on the application of behavioural economics to higher education (Castleman, Schwartz and Baum, 2015); (2) a SSHRC-funded randomized trial, with Stephanie Ben-Ishai of the Osgoode Hall Law School, on whether text message reminders improve the repayment of student loans.

A relatively new line of research looks at trade adjustment assistance as a potential mechanism for compensating those who “lose” as the result of international trade agreements. With Dmitry Lysenko, I’ve written a policy paper, entitled “Does Canada Need Trade Adjustment Assistance”, for the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy. The paper will be published early in 2015.