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Jesse RothsteinCarmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy

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areas of expertise
  • Tax policy
  • Economic policy
  • Education
  • Labor and employment
  • Program evaluation
  • Quantitative methods
  • Public finance
  • PhD, Economics, UC Berkeley
  • MPP, UC Berkeley
  • BA, Mathematics, Harvard University

Jesse Rothstein is the Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and the Faculty Director of the California Policy Lab’s UC Berkeley site. He served in the Barack Obama administration 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. Rothstein’s research focuses on education policy and the labor market, with a particular focus on the way that educational and labor market institutions (ranging from college admissions to unemployment insurance) influence inequality of opportunity and outcomes. He uses research evidence to inform policymaking around topics including teacher evaluation, student aid, college admissions, and school finance and governance.


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