Timothy J. Bartik is a Senior Economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. His research focuses on state and local economic development and local labor markets, and his work spans areas such as evaluating economic development programs; how investment in early childhood programs affects local economies; the benefits of higher education institutions for local economic development; and alternative policies for increasing labor demand for the poor. Among his many books and book chapters, Dr. Bartik's Jobs for the Poor: Can Labor Demand Policies Help? in 2001 was named a "Noteworthy Book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics" by Princeton University's Industrial Relations Section. Other titles include 'Eds and Meds' and Metropolitan Economic Development" in 2008 (with George Erickcek); "A Future of Good Jobs? America's Challenge in the Global Economy," (2008); and "Urban Labor Markets" in 2006 (with Randall Eberts).
Bartik received his B.A. in Political Philosophy from Yale University in 1975 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982.