Jesse Rothstein

University of California, Berkeley

Jesse Rothstein (PhD, Economics, University of California, Berkeley) is 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 co-director, with Till von Wachter (University of California, Los Angeles) of the California Policy Lab. Dr. Rothstein previously served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor and as senior economist with the Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President, both in the Obama Administration. From 2015-2020, he served as director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley. Dr. Rothstein's research focuses on education policy and on the labor market. His recent work includes studies of teacher quality, of school finance, of intergenerational economic mobility, and of the labor market during the Great Recession. Dr. Rothstein’s work has been published in leading journals in economics, public policy, education, and law. He has served as an expert witness in several cases regarding teacher evaluation and school finance. Dr. Rothstein is a member of the editorial boards of the American Economic Review, Industrial Relations, the Review of Economics and Statistics, 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 also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of the National Education Policy Center, the CESifo Research Network, the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, and the Learning Policy Institute. Dr. Rothstein co-facilitated the discussion of the “Design of Demonstrations” presentation at Lessons from SSA Demonstrations: A State of the Science Meeting.

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