Meet CSHE's New Director Jesse Rothstein

July 8, 2024

Jesse Rothstein is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy and the David Pierpont Gardner Chair in Higher Education. He is the co-director of the California Policy Lab(link is external), which he co-founded (with Till von Wachter) in 2017, and the director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education. 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 was director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment(link is external) (IRLE) at UC Berkeley.

Rothstein’s research examines education policy, tax and transfer policy, and the labor market. His recent work includes studies of school finance, intergenerational economic mobility, take-up of safety net benefits, and regional and industry wage differentials. 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 Industrial Relations, the Review of Economics and StatisticsEducation Finance and Policy, and the National Education Policy Center, and of the executive board of the Society of Labor Economists. 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.