Jesse Rothstein
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JESSE ROTHSTEIN

Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Faculty Director, California Policy Lab at Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley


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        Safety Net & Low-Wage Work
        School Finance
        Teacher Evaluation
        College Admissions
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NEW

"Simplifying communications can help high school students navigate college costs and the Cal Grant program" (with Samantha Fu and Elizabeth Linos). California Policy Lab Policy Brief, October 2021. (Source paper)

"Why Cal (not Harvard) is America's top college." San Francisco Examiner, September 12, 2021.

"Full COVID recovery requires raising the minimum wage," with Heidi Shierholz. The Hill, February 10, 2021.

"Broad structural change is needed to boost wages in a U.S. economy that is more equitable to produce strong, sustainable economic growth," with Kate Bahn. In Kate Bahn, ed., Boosting wages for U.S. workers in the new economy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. January 2021.

"Public investments in social insurance, education, and child care can overcome market failures to promote family and economic well-being," with Sandra Black. In Kate Bahn, ed., Boosting wages for U.S. workers in the new economy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. January 2021.

"The lasting scars from graduating in a recession," with Lisa Kahn. Econofact, December 12, 2020.

California Policy Lab

NEW "Simplifying communications can help high school students navigate college costs and the Cal Grant program" (with Samantha Fu and Elizabeth Linos). Policy Brief, October 2021.

NEW "Demystifying college costs: How nudges can and can't help" (with Elizabeth Linos and Vikash Reddy). Working paper, October 2021.

NEW "Qualitative information in undergraduate admissions: A pilot study of letters of recommendation"
Working paper, September 2021.

“2018 Tax Filing Season Honesty and Accuracy Nudge” (with Patrick Kennedy, Elizabeth Linos, and Aparna Ramesh). Policy Brief, August 2020.

“Increasing Take-Up of the Earned Income Tax Credit” (with Elizabeth Linos, Aparna Ramesh, and Matt Unrath). January 2020.

“The ‘Gig Economy’ and Independent Contracting: Evidence from California Tax Data” (with Annette Bernhardt and Allen Prohofsky). August 2019.

“Making California Data More Useful for Educational Improvement" (with Meredith Philips and Sarah Reber). Published by Getting Down To Facts II, Stanford University / Policy Analysis for California Education, September 2018.

“Linking Administrative Data: Strategies and Methods” (with Elsa Augustine and Vikash Reddy). White paper, December 19, 2018.

“Increasing the Take Up of Cal Grants” (with Elizabeth Linos and Vikash Reddy). In Designing Financial Aid for California’s Future. The Institute for College Access and Success, November 2018.

“The Impact of Letters of Recommendation on UC Berkeley Admissions in the 2016-17 Cycle.” June 2017.

COVID-19

NEW "Full COVID recovery requires raising the minimum wage," with Heidi Shierholz. The Hill, February 10, 2021.

NEW "The lasting scars from graduating in a recession," with Lisa Kahn. Econofact, December 12, 2020.

"Jobs numbers across countries since COVID-19," with Martha Gimbel and Danny Yagan. June 4, 2020.

"The White House's favored recovery strategy could permanently scar the economy," with Jared Bernstein. Op-ed, The Washington Post, May 25, 2020.

"Labor market impacts of COVID-19 on hourly workers in small- and medium-sized businesses: Four facts from Homebase data," with Alexander W. Bartik, Marianne Bertrand, Feng Lin, and Matt Unrath. Original posting April 8, 2020, with frequent updates since.

"Pay now, verify later to loosen the Unemployment Insurance bottleneck," with Arindrajit Dube. Policy brief, Economics for Inclusive Prosperity, March 2020.

"A fast, simple way to get support to workers without paid leave," with Jared Bernstein. Op-ed, The Washington Post, March 10, 2020.

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

NEW "The lasting scars from graduating in a recession," with Lisa Kahn. Econofact, December 12, 2020.

"The White House's favored recovery strategy could permanently scar the economy," with Jared Bernstein. Op-ed, The Washington Post, March 10, 2020.

"Pay now, verify later to loosen the Unemployment Insurance bottleneck," with Arindrajit Dube. Policy brief, Economics for Inclusive Prosperity, March 2020.

"The Great Recession and its aftermath: What role do structural changes play?." Issue brief, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, June 2015.

"Extended unemployment insurance remains critical." Issue brief, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, May 25, 2014.

"Unemployment Insurance and Disability Insurance in the Great Recession." May 2014. NBER Digest lay summary of this paper.

VIDEO. "Long-Term Unemployment: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions. Presentation, Economic Policy Institute Forum on Long-Term Unemployment, May 26, 2010.

THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT

"The EITC and minimum wage work together to reduce poverty and raise incomes," with Ben Zipperer. Report, Economic Policy Institute and Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, January 22, 2020.

"Making Work Pay Better Through an Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit" (with Hilary Hoynes and Krista Ruffini). In Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach & Ryan Nunn, eds., The 51%: Driving Growth through Women's Economic Participation, The Hamilton Project/Brookings Institution, 2017.

"The New California Earned Income Tax Credit." Policy brief, UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment December 2015.

"The Earned Income Tax Credit." Issue brief, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, December 2015.

SAFETY NET AND LOW-WAGE WORK

NEW "Full COVID recovery requires raising the minimum wage," with Heidi Shierholz. The Hill, February 10, 2021.

"An Expanded View of Governent's Role in Providing Social Insurance and Investing in Children," with Sandra E. Black. In Suresh Naidu, Dani Rodrik, and Gabriel Zucman, eds., Economics for Inclusive Prosperity: An Introduction, January 2019.

"What Does the Seattle Experience Teach Us About Minimum Wages?" (with Diane Schanzenbach) EconoFact, Tufts University, August 7, 2017.

"Do Minimum Wages Really Kill Jobs?" (with Michael Reich) EconoFact, Tufts University, April 27, 2017.

"Social Security Benefits: When Do You Plan to Retire?" EconoFact, Tufts University, February 9, 2017.

"Expand Social Security." Washington Center for Equitable Growth, October 31, 2016. (Bloomberg interview).

SCHOOL FINANCE

"Equal access to a good education is not just about sound school budgets." Policy brief, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, April 2018. (Source paper).

"Can School Finance Reforms Improve Student Achievement?" Policy brief, UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, March 2016. (Source paper).

"Using Housing Markets to Estimate the Value of School Infrastructure Investments," with Stephanie Riegg Cellini and Fernando Ferreira. Wharton Real Estate Review 15(2), Fall 2011. (Source paper). (Free pre-publication version)

TEACHER EVALUATION

"Can Value-Added Models Identify Teachers' Impacts?" Policy brief, UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, December 2016. (Source paper).

"Q&A: The Economic Consequences of Denying Teacher Tenure." The American Prospect, August 4, 2016.

VIDEO. Panel discussion at New York State Board of Regents Learning Summit on Annual Professional Performance Review, May 7, 2014.

"Taking on Teacher Tenure Backfires." Op-ed, The New York Times, June 13, 2014. (Drawing on this paper)

"Review of Two Culminating Reports from the MET Project." (with William J. Mathis). Published online in Think Tank Review, National Education Policy Center, Boulder Colorado, January 31, 2013.

"Effects of Value-Added Policies." Focus (University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty) 29(2), Fall/Winter 2012-13, 23-24.

VIDEO. "Evaluating Teacher Evaluation: What Are Value-Added Metrics?" Speech at DePaul University, May 30, 2012.

"Evaluating Teacher Evaluation," with Linda Darling-Hammond, Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, and Edward Haertel. Phi Delta Kappan 93(6), March 2012, p.p. 8-15. (Free version).

"Let's Not Rush into Value-Added Evaluations." The New York Times Room for Debate, January 16, 2012.

VIDEO. "Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: A Challenge for Policy Makers." Capitol Hill Briefing, sponsored by American Educational Research Association and National Academy of Education, with Jack Jennings, Ed Haertel, Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Bethany Little. September 12, 2011.

"Review of 'Learning About Teaching: Initial Findings from the Measures of Effective Teaching Project.'" Published online in Think Tank Review, National Education Policy Center, Boulder Colorado, January 13, 2011.

"Assessing a Teacher's Value: More Harm Than Good." The New York Times Room for Debate, September 6, 2010.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

NEW "Simplifying communications can help high school students navigate college costs and the Cal Grant program" (with Samantha Fu and Elizabeth Linos). California Policy Lab Policy Brief, October 2021. (Source paper)

Testimony to Regents of the University of California on "Standardized College Entrance Exams: Current Uses and Academic Perspectives on Use." May 21, 2020. As prepared (PDF). As delivered (video)

"UC Regents should consider all evidence and options in decision on admissions policy," with Michal Kurlaender and Sarah Reber. Policy Analysis for California Education, April 2020.

"The Impact of Letters of Recommendation on UC Berkeley Admissions in the 2016-17 Cycle." Report to the UC Berkeley faculty committee on Admissions, Enrollment, and Preparatory Education, June 2017.

"UC Berkeley Admissions in 2015 and 2016: An Analysis of the Role of Letters of Recommendation and Augmented Review." Report to the UC Berkeley faculty committee on Admissions, Enrollment, and Preparatory Education, July 2016.

OTHER TOPICS

NEW "Why Cal (not Harvard) is America's top college." San Francisco Examiner, September 12, 2021.

NEW "Broad structural change is needed to boost wages in a U.S. economy that is more equitable to produce strong, sustainable economic growth," with Kate Bahn. In Kate Bahn, ed., Boosting wages for U.S. workers in the new economy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. January 2021.

NEW "Public investments in social insurance, education, and child care can overcome market failures to promote family and economic well-being," with Sandra Black. In Kate Bahn, ed., Boosting wages for U.S. workers in the new economy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. January 2021.

"Making California data more useful for educational improvement," with Meredith Philips and Sarah Reber. Technical report, Getting Down to Facts II, September 2018. (Brief) (Video).

VIDEO. American Economic Association Continuing Education Course in Labor Economics, with Lowell Taylor. (Day 1). (Day 2) (Day 3).

VIDEO. Panel discussion on Larry Summers, "Economic Possibilities for Our Children." Wildavsky Forum, April 13, 2012.

"Conversation: Merit, Testing, and Opportunity," with Richard Rothstein. The American Prospect 11(21), Sept. 25-Oct. 9, 2000, pp. 19-20.

"Taxes and the Internet: Updating Tax Structures for a Wired World" (with Traci Gleason Wright). State Tax Notes 17(9), August 23, 1999.