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Catherine Haeck is a Professor at the Department of Economics at the ESG UQAM, one of the largest departments in Canada, with active research in all areas of economics. She completed her doctoral studies in economics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium under the supervision of Dr. Frank Verboven. Prior to that, she worked for several years for General Electric in Toronto (Canada) and Brussels (Belgium). She is a professor at UQAM since 2012. She is the Academic Director of the CIQSS-UQAM-INRS laboratory and an invited researcher at the Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics. She is a research fellow at the CIRANO Research Centre and an affiliated researcher for the Education Policy Research Initiative. She is also a member of the Obesity prevention committee at the National Institute for Public Health and a member of the scientific committee of the OLO Foundation.
Her research focuses on the human capital development of children and youth. She has written about universal childcare, prenatal nutrition programs, parental leave reforms, and school reforms. Her current research focuses on the impact of class size reduction on student outcomes, and also the impacts of universal childcare on household expenditures. She also studies the geographical and temporal evolution of intergenerational mobility in Canada compared to the United States with an aim to better understand the causal relationship between education and mobility.
She has two children who are a source of inspiration and motivation for her work.