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Jesse Rothstein

Associate Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy & Dept. of Economics


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Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley
2607 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-7320
(510) 643-8561

Offices: GSPP 356 (in 1893 LeRoy) and Evans 631B

Office hours: By appointment.

Current Positions

  • University of California, Berkeley
    • Associate Professor of Public Policy, 2009 to present
    • Associate Professor of Economics, 2010 to present
  • National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Associate, 2010 to present
  • Member, Board of Editors, American Economic Review, 2011 to present
  • Associate Editor, Industrial Relations, 2012 to present

Past Appointments

  • Princeton University, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, 2003 to 2009
  • Chief Economist, Department of Labor, 2010
  • Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisers, 2009-2010
  • National Bureau of Economic Research, Faculty Research Fellow, 2003 to 2009

Working Papers

  • "Unemployment Insurance and Disability Insurance in the Great Recession," with Andreas Mueller and Till von Wachter (September 2013). PDF.
  • "Teacher Quality Policy When Supply Matters" (November 2013). PDF.
  • "Scraping By: Income and Program Participation After the Loss of Extended Unemployment Benefits," with Robert G. Valletta (February 2014). PDF.


  • "Permanent Income and the Black-White Test Score Gap", with Nathan Wozny. Journal of Human Resources 48(3), Summer 2013, p.p. 510-544. Paper. Pre-publication version. Replication archive.
  • "The Labor Market Four Years Into the Crisis: Assessing Structural Explanations" Industrial and Labor Relations Review 65(3), June 2012, p.p. 467-500. Paper. Pre-publication version. Replication archive.
  • "Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession" (October 2011). Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Fall 2011, p.p. 143-210. PDF. Pre-publication version. Replication archive.
  • "Constrained After College:  Student Loans and Early Career Occupational Choices," with Cecilia Rouse. Journal of Public Economics 95(1-2), February 2011, p.p. 149-163. PDF.
  • "Teacher Quality in Educational Production: Tracking, Decay, and Student Achievement." Quarterly Journal of Economics 125(1), February 2010, p.p. 175-214. Note: An early version of this paper circulated as "Do Value-Added Models Add Value?" PDF. Pre-publication versionAppendix. Replication archive
  • "Are Mixed Neighborhoods Always Unstable? Two-Sided and One-Sided Tipping," with David Card and Alexandre Mas. In Neighborhood and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America, Harriet B. Newburger, Eugenie Birch and Susan Wachter, eds., 2011, University of Pennsylvania Press. Pre-publication version. Replication archive.
  • "Is the EITC as Good as an NIT? Conditional Cash Transfers and Tax Incidence." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 2 (1), February 2010, p.p. 177-208. PDF. Pre-publication versionAppendix. Replication archive. Earlier working paper version (titled "The Unintended Consequences of Encouraging Work: Tax Incidence and the EITC").
  • "The Value of School Facility Investments: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression Discontinuity Design," with Stephanie Cellini and Fernando Ferreira. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 125 (1), February 2010, p.p. 215-261.  PDF. Pre-publication version. Appendix. Replication archive.
  • "Student Sorting and Bias in Value Added Estimation: Selection on Observables and Unobservables." Education Finance and Policy 4(4), Fall 2009, 537-571. PDFPre-publication version
  • "Selection Bias in College Admissions Test Scores," with Melissa Clark and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach. Economics of Education Review 28(3), June 2009, pp. 295-307. PDF. Pre-publication version.
  • "Affirmative Action in Law School Admissions: What Do Racial Preferences Do?" with Albert Yoon. University of Chicago Law Review 75(2), Spring 2008, pp. 649-714. PDF.
  • "Tipping and the Dynamics of Segregation," with David Card and Alexandre Mas. Quarterly Journal of Economics 123(1), February 2008, pp. 177-218. PDF. Replication archive.
  • "Does Competition Among Public Schools Benefit Students and Taxpayers? A Comment on Hoxby (2000)." American Economic Review 97(5), December 2007, pp. 2026-2037. PDF. Click here for appendix, programs, supplementary material, and a rejoinder to Professor Hoxby's Reply.
  • "Racial Segregation and the Black-White Test Score Gap," with David Card. Journal of Public Economics 91(11-12), December 2007, pp. 2158-2184. PDF. Pre-publication version. Data appendix.
  • "Good Principals or Good Peers: Parental Valuation of School Characteristics, Tiebout Equilibrium, and the Incentive Effects of Competition Among Jurisdictions." American Economic Review 96(4), September 2006, pp. 1333-1350. PDF. Pre-publication version. Appendices. Data and replication archive (Warning: 23MB).
  • "Race, Income, and College in 25 Years: The Continuing Legacy of Segregation and Discrimination," with Alan Krueger and Sarah Turner. American Law and Economics Review 8(2), Summer 2006, pp. 282-311. PDF. Pre-publication version.
  • "Was Justice O'Connor Right? Race and Highly Selective College Admissions in 25 Years," with Alan Krueger and Sarah Turner. In College Access: Opportunity or Privilege, Michael McPherson and Morton Schapiro, eds, New York: The College Board, 2006, pp. 35-46. PDF.
  • "College Performance Predictions and the SAT." Journal of Econometrics 121(1-2), July-August 2004, pp. 297-317. PDF. Pre-publication version. Policy brief.

Resting Papers

  • "Mismatch in Law School," with Albert Yoon (updated: May 2009). Manuscript.
  • "SAT Scores, High Schools, and Collegiate Performance Predictions" (updated: June 2009).

Other Writing

  • "Review of Two Culminating Reports from the MET Project" (with William J. Mathis) PDF. Published online in Think Tank Review, National Education Policy Center, Boulder Colorado, January 31, 2013.
  • "Evaluating Teacher Evaluation," with Linda Darling-Hammond, Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, and Edward Haertel. Phi Delta Kappan 93(6), March 2012, p.p. 8-15. PDF. Free version.
  • "Let's Not Rush into Value-Added Evaluations." The New York Times Room for Debate, January 16, 2012. Link.
  • "Using Housing Markets to Estimate the Value of School Infrastructure Investments," with Stephanie Riegg Cellini and Fernando Ferreira. Wharton Real Estate Review 15(2), Fall 2011. Link.
  • "Review of 'Learning About Teaching:  Initial Findings from the Measures of Effective Teaching Project.'" PDF. Published online in Think Tank Review, National Education Policy Center, Boulder Colorado, January 13, 2011.  
  • "Assessing a Teacher's Value: More Harm Than Good." The New York Times Room for Debate, September 6, 2010. Link.
  • "Conversation: Merit, Testing, and Opportunity," with Richard Rothstein. The American Prospect 11(21), Sept. 25-Oct. 9, 2000, pp. 19-20.
  • "Taxes and the Internet: Updating Tax Structrues for a Wired World" (with Traci Gleason Wright). State Tax Notes 17(9), August 23, 1999.