Our Fellows

 Owen Davis is a Ph.D. student in economics at the New School for Social Research and a 2019-2022 fellow with the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. His research focuses on labor market dynamics, monopsony, and the evolution of the employment relationship. He is also interested in complexity economics and information-theoretic approaches to political economy. Davis has a BA in English from the University of Texas. 

“The SCEPA fellowship is an excellent opportunity to engage in practical, real-world economic policy research. I've found the position to be a valuable introduction to the data sources and analytical tools used by government agencies and nonprofit policy analysts (as well as academic researchers). Although the focus of the Retirement Equity Lab is on older workers and retirement policy, engaging with this field opens up a much broader understanding of household income, wealth accumulation, and labor market dynamics. I've also found that my SCEPA work, which is very empirically driven, has provided a useful counterpoint to the more theoretical courses of study I've taken as a PhD student.” 

- Owen Davis



 Barbara Schuster is a PhD student in economics at the New School for Social Research and a 2020-2023 fellow with the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. Her research focuses on feminist economics, labor economics, and gender issues. Schuster received her MSc and BSc from the University of Economics and Business in Vienna, where she also worked at the research institute Economics of Inequality and contributed to a report on the intra-household gender wealth gap in Austria.

“Working with the other fellows as a team gives me the opportunity of learning from others in cohorts above me. The involvement in multiple project groups enables me to contribute to different research projects and thus learn different methods and approaches.  The whole team encourages and supports me in building professional networks and constantly sends recommendations for conferences and workshops. If it wasn’t for SCEPA and the dedicated team, I would not have been aware of certain events, workshops and research areas that, in retrospect, have proven to be very useful for my research.” 

- Barbara Schuster 

Our Founder


Bernard L. Schwartz

Bernard L. Schwartz is chairman and CEO of BLS Investments, LLC, a private investment firm. He also manages the investments of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation, which mainly supports higher education, medical research and New York City-based cultural organizations. He promotes the development of U.S. economic policy initiatives through investment in educational institutions, think tanks and advocacy organizations. 

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