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A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2011, Main Researcher of the theme Skills, Catherine Haeck is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the École des sciences de la gestion of the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is also the Academic Director of the CIQSS-UQAM-INRS Laboratory, an invited researcher at the Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics, an affiliated researcher for the Education Policy Research Initiative and 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.
Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 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.