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Claire S. H. Lim

Assistant Professor and Sheng-Larkin Sesquicentennial Fellow                                    

Department of Economics

Cornell University


E-mail: clairelim228@gmail.com





       Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

       Research Statement (Short Version)

Research Statement (Long Version)


Academic Appointments:

Assistant Professor and Sheng-Larkin Sesquicentennial Fellow, Department of Economics at Cornell University, 2011-present

National Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University, 2016-2017

CSDP Fellow, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, 2014-2015

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, 2008-2011



Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

(Dissertation Committee: Antonio Merlo (Chair), Kenneth I. Wolpin and Robert P. Inman)

M.A. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 2004

B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Seoul National University, Summa Cum Laude, 2002


Fields of Interest:

Political Economy, Public Economics, Industrial Organization, Law and Economics, Health Economics




·      Preferences and Incentives of Appointed and Elected Public Officials”,   American Economic Review, 2013, 103 (4), pp.1360-1397

-       Supplementary material for “Preferences and Incentives of Appointed and Elected Public Officials”


·      The Judge, the Politician, and the Press: Newspaper Coverage and Criminal Sentencing across Electoral Systems

(with James Snyder and David Stromberg),  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 2015, 7 (4), pp.103-135

-       Supplementary material for “The Judge, The Politician, and the Press”

Featured in the American Economic Association Research Highlights: https://www.aeaweb.org/research/how-do-politicians-respond.php

·      Is More Information Always Better? Party Cues and Candidate Quality in U.S. Judicial Elections” (with  James Snyder)

(Previous Title: Elections and the Quality of Public Officials: Evidence from the U.S. State Courts”)

 Journal of Public Economics 2015, Vol 128, pp.107-123 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2015.04.006) 

-       Supplementary material for “Is More Information Always Better? Party Cues and Candidate Quality in U.S. Judicial Elections”


·      Media Influence on Courts: Evidence from Civil Case Adjudication”, American Law and Economics Review, 2015, 17(1), pp.87-126



·      Dynamic Natural Monopoly Regulation: Time Inconsistency, Moral Hazard, and Political Environments (with Ali Yurukoglu)

        2016. Forthcoming in the Journal of Political Economy.

-       Supplementary material for “Dynamic Natural Monopoly Regulation”


·      Do Judges’ Characteristics Matter? Ethnicity, Gender, and Partisanship in Texas State Trial Courts, ” (with Bernardo Silveira and James Snyder)

  American Law and Economics Review 2016. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aler/ahw006)



·      Infrastructure Investment and Regulation: Evidence from the U.S. Electricity Distribution Sector,” (with Ali Yurukoglu)

  2017. Microeconomic Insights



Working Papers:


·      U.S. Electric Utilities and Deregulation: Trends, States' Choice, and Political Environments

  2016. Revise-and-Resubmit at the Journal of Regulatory Economics



·      What is Behind the Size Effect? The Role of Large Hospitals in the Medicaid DSH Program”, (with Jee Hun Choi), under review.


-         Supplementary material for “What is Behind the Size Effect? The Role of Large Hospitals in the Medicaid DSH Program”



·      The Political Economy of Medicaid: The Influence of Ideology on Eligibility, Delivery, and Reimbursement” (with Jee Hun Choi)




At Cornell: Applied Econometrics (Undergrad core)

                    Empirical Methods in Public Economics (Ph.D. elective)

At Stanford:  Econometric Methods (PhD core)

     Non-market Strategy (MBA core)

     Cost-Benefit Analysis and Evaluation

     Economic Policy Analysis      

        At U.Penn (as a teaching assistant or a recitation instructor):

    Time-Series Econometrics (Ph.D.) with Professor Frank Schorfheide (twice)

                    Statistics for Economists (Undergraduate) with Professor Gregory Kordas

                    Political Economy (Undergraduate) with Professor Antonio Merlo

                    Introductory Microeconomics (Undergraduate) with Professor Uriel Spiegel

                    Law and Economics (Undergraduate) with Professor Nicola Persico


Seminar and Conference Presentations:

AYs  2014-2017: Princeton, Yale, Northwestern, Stanford, U.Penn, U. Rochester, New York Fed, Arizona State, Stony Brook U.,

Korea University, Seoul National University, University of Chile, Banff Empirical Microeconomics Conference 2014,

Columbia U. Political Economy Conference 2014 (discussant), ASSA 2015, Washington Political Economy Conference 2015 (discussant)

Princeton Mini-Conference on the Political Economy of Bureaucrats  (co-organizer)

Barcelona GSE Summer Forum 2015 – Applied IO, Game Theory Festival at Stony Brook 2015 – Political Economy

Econometric Society World Congress 2015, Stanford IO Fest 2016, ASSA 2017, ASU Empirical Microeconomics Conference 2017

Econometric Society – NASM 2017

Before AY 2014-2015: Brown, Caltech, Concordia, Cornell, Duke, Northwestern, Seoul National Univ.,

Stanford, SUNY-Albany, U. Chicago, U.Penn, UC-Berkeley, U.Illinois, U. Maryland, Yale,

Econometric Society North American Summer Meeting 2008, 2012, 2014, Public Choice Society 2009,

Midwest Economic Association 2009, American Law and Economics Association 2009,

Society for Economic  Dynamics 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, NBER Summer Institute 2009, 2010, 2014, EEA-ESEM 2009,

APSA 2009 (discussant), Stanford mini-conference on political economy (November 2009, May 2011),

ASSA 2010, 2011, 2015, CIRPEE Workshop on Political Economy, Econometric Society World Congress 2010,

Penn Institute for Economic Research (PIER) Conference on Political Economy 2010, Political Institutions and

Economic Policy (PIEP) Conference at Princeton (May 2011, discussant), Rotterdam Political Economy Workshop (June 2011)

Becker-Friedman Institute Conference on Constitutional Design and the Scope of Government 2013 (discussant),

Emory Conference on Institutions and Law-Making 2014, Columbia U. Conference on Law, Economics, and Governance 2014,

Montreal Conference on Political Institutions 2014 (discussant)


Honors and Awards:

W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellowship from the Hoover Institution, 2016

John Stauffer National Fellowship in Public Policy from the Hoover Institution, 2016

Cornell ISS/PCCW Research Grant, 2015

KAEA Young Scholar Award, 2013

       Stanford University Vice Provost’s Faculty Research Grant, 2009-2010

National Science Foundation – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (SES–0649237)

(Awarded Project: “Turnover and Accountability of Appointed and Elected Judges”)

From the University of Pennsylvania:

W.P. Carey Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in Economics, 2009

Paul Taubman Memorial Prize for Empirical Economics Research, 2008

Maloof Family Dissertation Fellowship in Economics, Fall 2007 – Spring 2008

School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship (declined)

GAPSA-Provost’s Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation, May 2006

Lawrence Robbins Prize for the Best First Year Student in Economics, September 2003

Summer Fellowship, Department of Economics, Summer 2003

Fellowship, Center for Analytic Research in Economics and the Social Sciences, Summer 2003

University Fellowship, Fall 2002-Spring 2003

From Seoul National University:

Award for the Graduate with the Best Academic Record (in economics), February 2002

Tae-Sung Kim Memorial Scholarship in Economics (for the best two seniors), 2001

Scholarship for Academic Excellence (for the top 2% juniors and seniors), Spring 2000 – Fall 2001


Administrative Service:

EEA-ESEM Program Committee, 2017

Junior Recruiting Committee at Cornell, 2013-2014

Graduate Admission Committee at Cornell, 2012-2013

Graduate Placement Committee at Cornell, 2011-2012

Co-organizer of the Political Economy Seminar at Stanford, 2009-2011



Referee Service:

American Economic Review, American Economic Journal-Applied Economics, American Economic Journal-Economic Policy,

American Law and Economics Review, Econometrica, Economics and Politics, Energy Policy,

 European Journal of Law and Economics, International Economic Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies,

 Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Journal of Industrial Economics,

 Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization,  Journal of Media Economics,

Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics,

Judicature, National Science Foundation, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies,

Review of Economics and Statistics



Professional Membership:

American Economic Association, Econometric Society


Additional Skills:

Languages: Korean (native), English (fluent), French (basic), Chinese (basic)

Programming Skills: FORTRAN, parallel programming (MPI), STATA, MATLAB, GAUSS and EVIEWS