Morton O. Schapiro

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Morton Owen Schapiro
Born July 13, 1953 (age 62)
Newark, NJ
Residence Evanston, Illinois
Nationality American
Fields Economics
Institutions Northwestern University
Williams College
University of Southern California
Alma mater B.S., Hofstra University
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Known for Higher education economics

Morton Owen Schapiro (born July 13, 1953) is an American economist and the current president of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.[1]

Schapiro received a B.S. in economics from Hofstra University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He joined the economics faculty at Williams College in 1980 and departed to become the chair of the economics department at the University of Southern California in 1991, rising to become the dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 1994, and the vice president for planning in 1998.[1] He was appointed as the 16th president of Williams College in 2000, a post he held until becoming president of Northwestern University in 2009.[2]

Schapiro's research concerns economics in higher education, about which he has authored 100 articles, as well as five books including The Student Aid Game: Meeting Need and Rewarding Talent in American Higher Education, Paying the Piper: Productivity, Incentives and Financing in Higher Education and Keeping College Affordable: Government and Educational Opportunity.[3]

Schapiro is a trustee of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and Hillel International.[4] He is also a director for Marsh & McLennan, and the College Board.[4][5]


  • Schapiro, Morton (1986). Filling Up America: An Economic-Demographic Model of Population Growth and Distribution in the 19th Century U.S. JAI Press. ISBN 0-89232-675-1. 
  • McPherson, Michael; Schapiro, Morton (1991). Keeping College Affordable: Government and Educational Opportunity. Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 0-8157-5641-0. 
  • McPherson, Michael; Schapiro, Morton; Winston, Gordon (1994). Paying the Piper: Productivity, Incentives, and Financing in U.S. Higher Education. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-10404-7. 
  • McPherson, Michael; Schapiro, Morton (1998). The Student Aid Game. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-00536-2. 
  • McPherson, Michael; Schapiro, Morton (2006). College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?. College Board. ISBN 0-87447-774-3. 


  1. ^ a b "News Release: MORTON O. SCHAPIRO NAMED NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT". Northwestern University NewsCenter. December 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  2. ^ "USC Dean Named President of Williams College". Los Angeles Times. January 19, 2000. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "Morton O. Schapiro, Biography, Office of the President, Northwestern University". Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Morton O. Schapiro Profile". Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Morton Schapiro: Executive Profile & Biography". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2008-12-16.