Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of California, Berkeley; Director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Ph.D., economics, and M.P.P., University of California, Berkeley
Summary of Experience
Professor Rothstein is an expert in public policy and the economics of labor and employment. He has testified as an expert witness regarding teacher evaluation in the Vergara v. California trial in 2014. His research focuses on education policy and the labor market, including studies of teacher quality and of the effects of unemployment insurance during the Great Recession. Professor Rothstein 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, both in the Obama Administration. His work has been published in leading journals in economics, public policy, education, and law, and he has written on such topics as the Great Recession and its aftermath, the effect of extended unemployment insurance benefits, teacher quality policy, tax policy towards low-income families, school finance reform and the distribution of student achievement, and tax incidence and earned income tax credits. Professor Rothstein is a member of the editorial boards of the American Economic Review, Industrial Relations, and the National Education Policy Center. He was named the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar by the Labor and Employment Relations Association in 2011. Professor Rothstein is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of the National Education Policy Center, the CESifo Research Network, and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).