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Jason A Schwartz

Legal Director

Jason A. Schwartz is the legal director at Policy Integrity and has taught the Regulatory Policy Clinic and the Advanced Regulatory Policy Clinic at NYU School of Law. Schwartz’s work at Policy Integrity focuses on climate change, administrative law and the regulatory process, cost-benefit analysis, and job impact analysis. He has twice been chosen as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, preparing reports and draft recommendations for best agency practices on petitions for rulemaking and marketable permits.

Schwartz first joined Policy Integrity with the inaugural class of fellows in 2008. Previously, as an associate with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Schwartz provided strategic counsel to municipalities and foreign governments in their pursuit of appropriations, favorable international trade policies, and homeland security assistance from the federal government. Schwartz graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law where he was an articles editor for the NYU Environmental Law Journal.

Bar and Court Admissions: State Bar of Virginia, State Bar of Colorado (pending) | U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits; U.S. District Court of Colorado; Supreme Court of the United States

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The Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases and State Policy — October 2017

Muddying the Waters — September 2017

Strengthening Regulatory Review — November 2016

Legal Pathways to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act — January 2016

Foreign Action, Domestic Windfall:The U.S. Economy Stands to Gain Trillions from Foreign Climate Action — November 2015

The Regulatory Red Herring: The Role of Job Impact Analyses in Environmental Policy Debates — April 2012

Regulatory Report: 2011 Heavy-Duty Trucks Rule — February 2011

52 Experiments with Regulatory Review: The Political and Economic Inputs into State Rulemaking — November 2010

Residual Risks: The Unseen Costs of Using Dirty Oil in New York City Boilers — January 2010

The Road Ahead: EPA’s Options and Obligations for Regulating Greenhouse Gases — April 2009

The Price of Neglect: The Hidden Environmental and Public Health Costs of Bad Economics — November 2008

Policy Briefs

The Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases and State Policy: A Frequently Asked Questions Guide — October 2017

Muddying the Waters: How the Trump administration is obscuring the value of wetlands protection from the Clean Water Rule — September 2017

Regulating Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Existing Power Plants: The State of the Debate — May 2014

Shifting Gears: A New Approach to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Transportation Sector — April 2014

Peak Efficiency: How Regulating Electricity Demand Could Save Lives in New York City — October 2012

More Residual Risks: An Update on New York City Boilers — May 2010

Flooding the Market: The Distributional Consequences of the NFIP — April 2010

Economists and Climate Change: Consensus and Open Questions — November 2009

The Other Side of the Coin: The Economic Benefits of Climate Legislation — September 2009

Academic Articles

The Social Cost of Carbon: A Global Imperative – Review of Environmental Economics and Policy — March 2017

Think Global: International Reciprocity as Justification for a Global Social Cost of Carbon — August 2016

Next Steps to Reform the Regulations Governing Offshore Oil and Gas Planning and Leasing — June 2016

Legal Pathways to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act — January 2016

Prevailing Academic View on Compliance Flexibility under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act — July 2011

‘Whose Woods These Are I Think I Know’: How Kyoto May Change Who Controls Biodiversity — N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal, 2006


Regulating Marketable Permits — The Regulatory Review, March 8, 2018

The mathematics of life-saving regulation — The Hill, April 2015

EPA and Global Carbon: Can You Have it Both Ways? – Common Resources — March 2013

EPA and Global Carbon: Hiding in Plain Sight – Common Resources — March 2013

EPA and Global Carbon: A Debate – Common Resources — February 2013

Unbalanced Retrospective Regulatory Review — RegBlog, July 2012

Carbon Cutting Stateside — Environmental Protection, March 2010

EPA’s Endangerment Finding – Mealey’s Pollution Liability Report — February 2010

Book Chapters

Regulating Regulations: Do Impact Assessment Requirements Promote Trade Objectives? – Kingsbury, Benedict et al., Megaregulation Markets, Contestation: the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Forthcoming

Handbook of Regulatory Impact Assessment — April 2016

Analysis to Inform Public Discourse on Jobs and Regulation – Chapter in Coglianese, Cary et al., eds., Does Regulation Kill Jobs? — 2013

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