Jesse Rothstein

Jesse Rothstein

Title
Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Department
Dept of Economics
Goldman School of Public Policy
Phone
(510) 495-0646
Research Expertise and Interest
labor economics, inequality, education policy, unemployment, tax policy, local public finance, teacher quality, segregation, economics of education, labor market
Research Description

Much of my work is in two areas: The economics of education, and labor markets. In education, I have studied the identification of teacher quality, school choice, affirmative action, student loans, and college admissions. My labor markets research includes studies of unemployment insurance and of the labor market effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

I have 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. Finally, I have worked on tax and transfer policy.

I direct the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the California Policy Lab, which pairs experts from the University with policymakers to solve public problems via research using administrative data.

In the News

October 31, 2018

Research initiative launched on health in working families

A new research hub based at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C., will explore the health effects of income and workplace policies.

In the News

October 31, 2018

Research initiative launched on health in working families

A new research hub based at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C., will explore the health effects of income and workplace policies.

Featured in the Media

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or positions of UC Berkeley.
January 7, 2020
Catherine Rampell
Economics professor Jesse Rothstein has some cold water to throw on anyone wishing a recession would come along to help evict President Trump from office. "We see over and over again that recessions are worse than we thought," he says. In a working paper he published last year, he wrote about the long-term consequences of the Great Recession, which included young college graduates doing worse in the job market than models of recession would have predicted, with their employment rates far behind those of older students who'd graduated into stronger economies. "It's a once-in-a-generation thing to get this tight a labor market," he says, "and you want to let it rip for as long as it can."
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