In addition to undergraduate advising, Associate Professor Dr. Matthew Baker teaches Development of Economic Thought, Introduction to Economics and Economics of Law, focusing on economic history, applied econometrics and cultural evolution.
Outside of Hunter, Dr. Baker has worked on predicting the incidence of health problems around the world using geospatial and economic data. His work blends information from fields like linguistics, geography, history and anthropology with econometric and theoretical techniques from economics, which he carries through to the classroom. Dr. Baker is also particularly interested in how cultural and social norms co-evolve with technological progress.
Dr. Baker's papers have been published in the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Growth and Journal of Labor Economics. He received his BA in economics from Wesleyan University and went on to obtain his MA and PhD from the University of Connecticut.