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Claire S. H. Lim

Assistant Professor and 

Sheng-Larkin Sesquicentennial Fellow                                    

Department of Economics

Cornell University


(On leave to Princeton, AY 2014-2015)


Office Address (AY 2014-2015)

307 Robertson Hall

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544-1013

(Tel) 609-258-0501







Visiting Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, 2014-2015

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

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, Law and Economics, Industrial Organization



·       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(with James Snyder and David Stromberg), forthcoming, American Economic Journal – Applied Economics

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



Working Papers:


·       Elections and the Quality of Public Officials: Evidence from the U.S. State Courts (with  James Snyder), April  2014

-        Supplementary material for Elections and the Quality of Public Officials


·       Media Influence on Courts: Evidence from Civil Case Adjudication, September 2013


·       Dynamic Natural Monopoly Regulation: Time Inconsistency, Asymmetric Information, and Political Environments (with Ali Yurukoglu) , July 2014

-        Supplementary material for “Dynamic Natural Monopoly Regulation”


·       Preference Heterogeneity of the Judiciary and the Composition of Political Jurisdictions (with Bernardo Silveira and James Snyder), July 2014



Courses Taught:

At Cornell: Statistics and 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


Research and Teaching Experience at the Univ. of Pennsylvania:

Research Assistant for Professor Antonio Merlo

Teaching Assistant, Time-Series Econometrics (Ph.D.), for Professor Frank Schorfheide (twice)

Teaching Assistant, Statistics for Economists (Undergraduate), for Professor Gregory Kordas

Teaching Assistant, Political Economy (Undergraduate), for Professor Antonio Merlo

Recitation Instructor, Introductory Microeconomics (Undergraduate), for Professor Uriel Spiegel

Teaching Assistant, Law and Economics (Undergraduate), for Professor Nicola Persico


Honors and Awards:

KAEA Young Scholar Award, 2013

       Stanford University Vice Provosts Faculty Research Grant, 2009-2010

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (SES0649237)

(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-Provosts 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



Brown, Caltech, Concordia, Cornell (2), Duke, Northwestern, Princeton, Seoul National Univ., Stanford, SUNY-Albany,

U. Chicago (2), U.Penn (2), UC-Berkeley, U.Illinois, U. Maryland, Yale, Econometric Society North American 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 (discussion), Stanford mini-conference on political economy (November 2009, May 2011)

ASSA 2010, 2011, 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)

BFI 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), U.Calgary Banff Empirical Microeconomics Workshop 2014


Referee Service:

American Economic Review, AEJ-Applied Econ, AEJ-Economic Policy, Econometrica, Economics and Politics,

Energy Policy, International Economic Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies,

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

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

Review of Economic Studies


Professional Membership:

American Economic Association, Econometric Society


Additional Skills:

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

Programming Skills: FORTRAN90, parallel programming (MPI), STATA, MATLAB, GAUSS and EVIEWS