Bartik's book on the economics of early childhood receives new kudos

W.E. Upjohn senior economist Tim Bartik's 2011 book, "Investing in Kids," has helped many people view investments in early childhood as investments in a better society.

Most recently, two leading academic journals - Business Economics and the Journal of Regional Science, offered reviews of Bartik's work, which he excerpted in a recent blog:

Business Economics

“Nothing could be timelier for the business economist than a new book focused on local policies for job creation…A better reference could not have been designed for this task than Investing in Kids…The best hope for the ideas in this book is that they will reach local and state business leaders who, in my experience, are much more farsighted than their political counterparts. They understand that business interests are tied to communities and the quality of the local labor supply in the long run…”

Journal of Regional Science

“[Bartik] examines and presents carefully and compellingly. He has produced a fascinating product that many should read to better understand not only the case for various forms of business assistance but, more importantly, the case that can be made for public investment in early childhood education.”

Both reviews are behind paywalls at their respective websites. Bartik's book is available on and at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research website.