Areas of interest

  • Labour economics
  • Public economics
  • Applied econometrics


Main Bio

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.

Select publications

  • Michael Baker and Kevin Milligan, “Maternity Leave and Children’s Cognitive and Behavioral Development”, Journal of Population Economics 28 (2) (2015), 373–391.
  • Michael Baker, “Industrial Actions in Schools: Strikes and Student Achievement”, Canadian Journal of Economics 46 (3) (2013), 1014–1036.
  • Michael Baker, “Universal early childhood interventions: what is the evidence base?”, Canadian Journal of Economics 44 (4) (2011), 1069–1105.
  • Michael Baker and Mark Stabile, “Determinants of Health in Childhood”, in The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics (edited by Sherry Glied, Peter C. Smith), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011, 164–188.
  • Michael Baker and Kevin Milligan, “Evidence from maternity leave expansions of the impact of maternal care on early child development”, Journal of Human Resources 45 (1) (2010), 1–32.
  • Michael Baker and Marie Drolet, “A New View of the Male/Female Pay Gap”, Canadian Public Policy 36 (4) (2010), 429–464.


Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
Economics of Labour