BakerPicAssociate Professor • Member of the Doctoral Faculty at CUNY’s Graduate Center

Ph.D. Economics, University of Connecticut, 2000
Fields: Law and Economics, Economics of Organization
Office: HW 1532
Phone: (212) 772-4217
Fax: 212-772-5398


Prior to coming to Hunter in the fall of 2006, Professor Baker was Associate Professor at the United States Naval Academy. His primary research interests lie in the field of Law and Economics and focus on the development and evolution of ownership and property law. Current research interests include growth in the “very long” run, the economics of marriage, and the economics of information.


Job Hoarding (with Ingmar Nyman)
Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 2017

Adaptive Markov Chain Monte Carlo Sampling and Estimation in Mata
Stata Journal, 2014.

Debtors’ Prisons in America: An Economic Analysis (with Tom Miceli and Metin Cosgel)
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2012

Kings and Vikings: on the Dynamics of Competitive Agglomeration (with Erwin Bulte)
Journal of Institutional Economics, 2010

The Role of Television in Household Debt: Evidence from the 1950’s (with Lisa George)
The B. E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 2010

The Origins of Governments: From Anarchy to Hierarchy (with Erwin Bulte and Jacob Weisdorf)
Journal of Institutional Economics, 2010

A Structural Model of the Transition to Agriculture
Journal of Economic Growth, 2008.

An Economic Theory of Mortgage Redemption Laws (with Thomas Miceli and C.F. Sirmans)
Real Estate Economics, 2008

Marriage, Specialization, and the Gender Division of Labor (with Joyce Jacobsen)
Journal of Labor Economics, 2007

A Human-Capital Based Theory of Post-Marital Residence Rules (with Joyce Jacobsen)
Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 2007

Court Decisions and Equity Markets: Estimating the Value of Copyright Protection (with Brendan Cunningham)
Journal of Law and Economics, 2006

Credible Criminal Enforcement (with Thomas Miceli)
European Journal of Law and Economics, 2005

Land Inheritance Rules: Theory and Cross Cultural Evidence (with Thomas Miceli)
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2005

The Old Ball Game: The Organization of 19th Century Professional Base Ball Clubs (with Thomas Miceli)
Journal of Sports Economics, 2004

An Equilibrium Conflict Model of Land Tenure in Hunter-Gatherer Societies
Journal of Political Economy, 2003

Optimal Title Search (with Thomas Miceli, C.F. Sirmans, and Geoffrey Turnbull)
Journal of Legal Studies, 2002

Property Rights by Squatting: Adverse Possession Statutes and Land Ownership Risk (with Thomas Miceli, C.F. Sirmans, and Geoffrey Turnbull)
Land Economics, 2001

Factors Associated with Home Versus Institutional Death among Connecticut Cancer Patients (with Betsy Bradley, and William Gallo)
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2001


Matthew J. Baker’s RePEc Page


Matthew J. Baker on GitHub