Timothy J. Bartik

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Timothy J. Bartik
Born (1954-03-26) March 26, 1954 (age 68)
Education Yale University (BA Political Philosophy, 1975); University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD, MS in Economics, 1982)
EmployerW.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Known forResearch in state and local economic development policies, local labor market policies, and labor demand policies, analyzed from a local, regional, state, and national perspective. He also conducts research analyzing preschool as an economic development program.
Website www.upjohn.org/about/upjohn-team/staff/timothy-j-bartik

Timothy J. Bartik (born March 26, 1954) is an American economist who specializes in regional economics, public finance, urban economics, labor economics, and labor demand policies. He is a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


He developed a method of isolating local labor demand changes that is referred to as the Bartik instrument. This measure averages national employment growth across industries using local industry employment shares as weights to produce a measure of local labor demand that is unrelated to changes in local labor supply. [1] This is a key tool in macroeconomic analysis.


Bartik earned a B.A. degree from Yale University (magna cum laude) in 1975 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982.

Prior to joining the Upjohn Institute in 1989, Bartik was assistant professor of economics at Vanderbilt University (1982–1989), and legislative assistant for housing and urban policy for U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle Jr. (1975–1978).

Bartik is also the son of groundbreaking computer programmer Jean Bartik.


Bartik's research includes work in the following areas:

Bartik is also the creator of the "Panel Data on Incentives and Taxes database", a free online tool that offers the most comprehensive information available to date on incentives to business for economic development provided by state and local governments in the United States. Accompanying the database is a report (and detailed appendices) [5] that explains how the database is constructed while offering preliminary analyses that begin to answer questions about how incentives vary.




Bartik has contributed over 30 chapters to various books, published over 30 papers in peer reviewed journals such as Growth & Change, Economic Development Quarterly , Journal of Regional Science, Journal of Urban Economics, and Challenge. He has also authored numerous working papers, reports, and presentations and delivered testimony to several legislative bodies.

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