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Jesse Rothstein

Senior Research Fellow
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Jesse Rothstein is the Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also Professor of Economics. He is the the co-founder and co-director of the California Policy Lab. 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. From 2015-2020, he served as director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at UC Berkeley. Rothstein's research examines education policy, tax and transfer policy, and the labor market. His recent work includes studies of teacher quality, school finance, college admissions, intergenerational economic mobility, take-up of safety net benefits, and the labor market during the Great Recession. His work has been published in leading journals in economics, public policy, education, and law, and he is a member of several editorial boards, including Education Finance and Policy and the National Education Policy Center. Rothstein has served as an expert witness in several cases regarding teacher evaluation and school finance.