Jesse Rothstein
Jesse Rothstein

Professor of Public Policy and Economics

University of California, Berkeley

Jesse Rothstein, a member of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth’s Research Advisory Board, is a public and labor economist. He is a professor of public policy and economics at the University of California, Berkeley, with affiliations in the Department of Economics and the Goldman School of Public Policy. He is also the director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, or IRLE; the co-director of the California Policy Lab; and the co-director of the Opportunity Lab. He previously served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor and as senior economist with the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, both in the Obama administration. Rothstein’s research focuses on education policy and on the labor market. His recent work includes studies of teacher quality, school finance, intergenerational economic mobility, and the labor market during the Great Recession. His work has been published in leading journals in economics, public policy, education, and law. He testified as an expert witness regarding teacher evaluation in the Vergara v. California trial in 2014.

Rothstein received a Ph.D. in economics and a master’s degree in public policy, both from the University of California, Berkeley, and an A.B. from Harvard. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Economic Review, Industrial Relations, and the National Education Policy Center. He was named the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar by the Labor and Employment Relations Association in 2011. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of the National Education Policy Center, the CESifo Research Network, the IZA, and the Learning Policy Institute.

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Expand Social Security

FamiliesTax & Macroeconomics

Can school finance reforms improve student achievement?

FamiliesTax & Macroeconomics
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School finance reform and the distribution of student achievement

Inequality & MobilityFamilies

The Earned Income Tax Credit

Tax & MacroeconomicsFamilies

The Great Recession and its aftermath: What role do structural changes play?


Extended unemployment insurance remains critical


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