Timothy J. Bartik

Senior Economist

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Timothy J. Bartik is a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, a non-profit and non-partisan research organization in Kalamazoo. He co-directs the Institute’s research initiative on place-based prosperity, Investing in Community.  Bartik’s research focuses on state and local economic development and local labor markets. His most recent book is Making Sense of Incentives: Taming Business Incentives to Promote Prosperity (2019). Dr. Bartik received his B.A. from Yale, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Bringing Jobs to People: Improving Local Economic Development Policies

SUMMARY Even before the current recession, local labor markets across the U.S. had large and persistent disparities in employment among prime-working age adults. Roughly 15 percent of the U.S. population, totaling 47 million people, lived in areas with employment rates at least 5 percentage points below the national average. In this Economic Strategy Group memo, […]