Timothy J. Bartik

Senior Economist

Bartik's research focuses on state and local economic development and local labor markets. This research includes studies of how taxes and public services, such as education, affect local and national economies.

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Bartik is recognized as a leading scholar on state and local economic development policies in the United States. His 1991 book, Who Benefits from State and Local Economic Development Policies?, is widely cited as an important and influential review of the evidence on how local policies affect economic development, and his 2011 book, Investing in Kids: Early Childhood Programs and Local Economic Development, argues that early childhood programs can be a cost-effective complement to business tax incentives in promoting local economic development. Nobel Prize–winning economist James Heckman writes about Investing in Kids, “Tim Bartik has written a thoughtful book on the value of a local approach to financing and creating early interventions to foster child development.”

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