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About timbartik

Tim Bartik is a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, a non-profit and non-partisan research organization in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His research specializes in state and local economic development policies and local labor markets.

Research consensus for early childhood education backed in letter by over 500 researchers

A letter was released today (November 12, 2014), signed by over 500 researchers and academics, that expresses the strong research consensus that supports investment in high-quality early childhood education. I am honored to be among this group of signatories, which … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood programs

What does the evidence show on preschool?

A recent article by Professor David Armor repeats many of the common arguments made by researchers opposed to current proposals for expanding preschool.  The article was published online by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. The article’s arguments have … Continue reading

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Early childhood education is a good we know how to do

In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, I put early childhood education in the context of other efforts to increase high-wage employment. Early childhood education is by no means the only policy needed as part of a comprehensive strategy … Continue reading

Posted in Economic development

Why early childhood education now?

As argued in my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, expanded early childhood education represents a continuation of the American historical tradition of promoting economic opportunity and growth via expanded education. But why is there a need for early childhood … Continue reading

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Early childhood education is a continuation of an American tradition of promoting economic growth through education

In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, I put early childhood education in a historical context. The U.S. has long seen expanded education as a key to promoting a better economy. The U.S. was a leader in expanding free … Continue reading

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Increasing quality in preschool through accountability and mentoring

One important issue discussed in my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, is what can be done by government to increase the quality of local pre-K programs. Although there is good evidence that a wide variety of state and local … Continue reading

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Should early childhood education be financed by state governments, the federal government, or both?

One important governance issue discussed in my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, is whether pre-K and other early childhood programs should be primarily financed by state governments or the federal government. I’m a political pragmatist. I think either approach … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood program design issues, National vs. state vs. local