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Jesse Rothstein

Senior Research Fellow
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Jesse Rothstein 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 the co-director of the California Policy Lab. He 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 (IRLE) at UC Berkeley. 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. He has served as an expert witness in several cases regarding teacher evaluation and school finance.