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Jonathan Rothwell, Ph.D.

Jonathan Rothwell, Ph.D.

Principal Economist
About Jonathan

Advises Gallup clients and associates on the strategic and technical issues related to social science research, publishing and data collection, particularly as they pertain to some of the world's biggest challenges

Jonathan advises on major research and analysis initiatives for Gallup clients, primarily in the areas of higher education, macroeconomics, entrepreneurship and labor economics. He served as the primary researcher for the Bureau of Labor Statistics' AI in the Workplace project, which launched a study to understand the impacts of technology on employment. He led the questionnaire development, research and publishing for job quality studies funded by Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation and Omidyar Network. Additionally, Jonathan developed ways to assess the quality and effects of news consumption for Knight Foundation and analyzed the causes of long-term economic growth for the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. His other projects include developing a way to assess the quality of business leadership practices and creating methods to evaluate the quality of colleges based on alumni experiences.

Alongside client work, Jonathan researches and writes on a broad range of topics in academic and popular publications. In 2019, he published a book with Princeton University Press on the fundamental causes of income inequality called A Republic of Equals: A Manifesto for a Just Society. He frequently contributes analysis to the New York Times Upshot column and opinion pieces and essays to a variety of other high-profile outlets. He has written several scholarly articles on the health, political and economic aspects of COVID-19.

Jonathan's areas of expertise include higher education, labor economics, economic growth, trade, innovation, social and economic inequality, voting behavior, and urban economic development. He is a visiting scholar at the George Washington University Public Policy Institute and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program.