Research Expertise and Interest
labor economics, inequality, education policy, unemployment, tax policy, local public finance, teacher quality, segregation, economics of education, labor market
Jesse Rothstein is the Carmel P. Friesen Professor of Public Policy, at the Goldman School of Public Policy, and Professor of Economics, in the College of Letters and Sciences. Much of his work is in two areas: The economics of education, and labor markets. In education, he has studied the identification of teacher quality, school choice, affirmative action, student loans, and college admissions. His labor markets research includes studies of unemployment insurance, of Universal Basic Income. and of the labor market effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit. He has also worked on local public finance and urban economics, with studies on residential segregation and the housing market valuation of school quality and of school facilities.
He directs the California Policy Lab, which pairs experts from the University with policymakers to solve public problems via research using administrative data. Via CPL, he has studied the use of independent contractors in the California labor market, the effect of job training programs on worker employment and earnings, take-up of anti-poverty tax credits, and the use of safety net benefits by college students.