Jason Richwine, Ph.D.
- Senior Policy Analyst, Empirical Studies
Jason Richwine conducts quantitative analyses on a wide variety of social policy issues, among them immigration, education, welfare and family structure.
Richwine, The Heritage Foundation’s senior policy analyst in empirical studies, joined the Domestic Policy Studies department in January 2012. Previously, he was part of the think tank’s Center for Data Analysis, which provides the public policy community with state-of-the-art modeling, database products and research assistance.
Richwine’s analysis and articles have appeared in major newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Dallas Morning News and in political journals such as National Review and The American Spectator.
Before joining Heritage in March 2010, Richwine worked at the American Enterprise Institute on a dissertation fellowship. He received his doctorate in public policy in 2009 from Harvard University. He holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and political science from American University.
He lives with his wife and son in Dunkirk, Md., but always will be a Philadelphian at heart.
All Publications by Jason Richwine, Ph.D.
Backgrounder posted February 15, 2012
Federal Pay is Out of Line with Private Sector Pay: CBO Supports Heritage, AEI Conclusions
Abstract: A January 2012 report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that federal government employees receive substantially higher compensation than similarly skilled workers in the private sector. The report’s methodology and conclusions are broadly similar to previous studies from both The Heritage Foundation…
Backgrounder posted January 10, 2012
Critical Issues in Assessing Teacher Compensation
A November 2011 Heritage Foundation report—“Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers”—presented data on teacher salaries and benefits in order to inform debates about teacher compensation reform. The report concluded that public-school teacher compensation is far ahead of…
Center for Data Analysis Report posted November 1, 2011
Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers
The teaching profession is crucial to America’s society and economy, but public-school teachers should receive compensation that is neither higher nor lower than market rates. Do teachers currently receive the proper level of compensation? Standard analytical approaches to this question compare teacher salaries to the…
WebMemo posted July 28, 2011
No Place for a “Diversity Lottery” in a Rational Immigration Policy
The House Judiciary Committee recently approved H.R. 704, a bill that would abolish a provision of U.S. immigration law called the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, or “diversity lottery” for short. The diversity lottery has been an unwise policy since its inception in 1986. It does not bolster the…
Center for Data Analysis Report posted June 15, 2011
Same Worker, Higher Wage: A Study of Workers Who Switch from Private to Federal Employment
Abstract: Numerous studies, including two separate analyses by The Heritage Foundation, have concluded that federal workers do receive a substantial wage premium. Most of these studies have used the cross-sectional human capital method, which compares federal workers to private workers who have the same skills. The cross-sectional method is not…
Backgrounder posted April 20, 2011
The Myth of Racial Disparities in Public School Funding
Abstract: Achievement disparities among racial and ethnic groups persist in the American education system. Asian and white students consistently perform better on standardized tests than Hispanic and black students. While many commentators blame the achievement gap on alleged disparities in school funding, this Heritage…
Backgrounder posted March 31, 2011
Public-Sector Compensation: Correcting the Economic Policy Institute, Again
Abstract: Previous public–private pay comparisons at the state and local levels, including numerous reports published by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), significantly undercount public-sector pension benefits, omit retiree health coverage, and ignore job security. Using California as an example, an analysis by economists Andrew…
Center for Data Analysis Report posted March 17, 2011
Are California Public Employees Overpaid?
Abstract: While it is clear that federal workers’ wages and benefits are above market levels, it is less clear whether state and local employees are similarly overpaid. In the past year, several organizations have published studies arguing that state and local workers are underpaid. But these studies undercount…
WebMemo posted October 5, 2010
Impact of Obama Tax Increase: National, State, and Congressional District Levels
The macroeconomic model presented in “Obama Tax Hikes: The Economic and Fiscal Effects” makes predictions at the national level. Converting the model’s predictions to state and congressional district levels requires supplemental analysis. Because of the statistical assumptions involved, the exact state and district numbers may vary slightly from…
WebMemo posted September 14, 2010
Federal Pay Still Inflated After Accounting for Skills
The Heritage Foundation has conducted two separate studies that both reach the same conclusion: Federal employees are paid substantially more than comparably skilled private sector workers. Defenders of the federal pay system, including the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), have mischaracterized The Heritage Foundation’s analyses by suggesting they ignore…