Michael Baker is a Professor in the Department of Economics and Canada Research Chair in Economics, Child Development and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He is also the Academic Director of the Toronto Region Statistics Canada Research Data and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His current research focus is on how parents’ economic decisions affect the developmental trajectories of young children, highlighting differences between boys and girls. He has also completed research on economic aspects of aging, immigration, gender issues and labour market standards. Professor Baker received his B. Commerce from the University of Toronto, his M.A. from York University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.