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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.

Early childhood programs work at a large scale

As I discuss in my just-published book, From Preschool to Prosperity, critics often argue that the research evidence for preschool only comes from small-scale programs run by researchers. Therefore, the argument goes, we don’t know if preschool can work if … Continue reading

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Early childhood programs today have credible evidence not only from random assignment experiments, but from “silver standard” studies with good comparison groups

My new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, argues that the research evidence for the effectiveness of early childhood programs is broad. The random assignment experiments, such as Perry Preschool, are often cited. Random assignment evidence is regarded as the “gold … Continue reading

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High-quality random assignment experiments continue to provide part of the evidence for the economic payoff to early childhood education

My new book, From Preschool to Prosperity (available free as a pdf, for $0.99 on various e-book platforms, and also in hard copy form), explains why the research evidence for the effectiveness of early childhood education is credible. Among this credible … Continue reading

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Parental earnings benefits of early childhood programs shouldn’t be forgotten

One point made in my recently-published book From Preschool to Prosperity (available free as a pdf, and for $0.99 in various ebook formats, and also in paperback) is that parental earnings benefits are an important economic benefit for many early … Continue reading

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Even under conservative estimates, early childhood education can do quite a bit to address income inequality

On September 16, the latest Census Bureau statistics on poverty and income distribution were released. Among other things, these latest stats showed a stagnant trend in relative income of different groups, based upon the Current Population Survey, which omits some … Continue reading

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Conor Williams’s review of “From Preschool to Prosperity” in The Washington Monthly

Review is here, cross-posted at New America’s Ed Central. Conor Williams is a Senior Researcher in the Early Education Inititiative at the New America Foundation. “Bartik bridges the distance between accessibility and expertise. From Preschool to Prosperity is supremely organized … Continue reading

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What are economic benefits and why do we care?

My just-published book, From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education, focuses on preschool’s economic benefits. What are “economic benefits” and why should we care about them? Many people have an adverse reaction to focusing on the … Continue reading

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