Jesse Rothstein

Office hours:
None in 2023-24

GSPP: 2607 Hearst Ave., #313
Economics: Evans Hall #631C

Tel:(510) 495-0646
Fax:(510) 643-9657

Mailing address:
2607 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-7320



Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy
Faculty Director, California Policy Lab at Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley

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Jesse Rothstein holds 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, with Till von Wachter (UCLA), 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. 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, 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. He has served as an expert witness in several cases regarding teacher evaluation and school finance.

Rothstein received a Ph.D. in economics and a Masters 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, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Education Finance and Policy, 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.