Claire S. H. Lim is Assistant Professor of Economics at Cornell University. Her fields of interest are political economy, law and economics, and applied economics. Prior to joining the faculty at Cornell, Claire was Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Claire will continue her work on the influence of corporations’ political connections and government institutions on economic outcomes, by pursuing a comprehensive investigation of this issue in the energy industry in the U.S. There are four main components of this research: Executive Compensation and Political Connections; Voter Initiatives and the Political Activity by Special Interest Groups; Campaign Contribution as a Precursor to Lobbying; and Special Interest Politics and Selection Systems for Regulators.