In Song Kim

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In Song Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University. His research interests include International Political Economy, Formal and Quantitative Methodology. Dr. Kim's research focuses on the political economy of firms' lobbying, trade policy-making, and design of international institutions. His dissertation examines firm's political incentives to lobby for trade liberalization, which won the 2015 Mancur Olson Award for the Best Dissertation in Political Economy. Dr. Kim conducts Big Data analysis of international trade. He is developing methods for dimension reduction and visualization to investigate how the structure of international trade around the globe has evolved over time.

Research

Topics include:

Political Cleavages within Industry: Firm-level Lobbying for Trade Liberalization

On the Use of Linear Fixed Effects Regression Estimators for Causal InferenceĀ 

A Sparse Decomposition of Democracy and Trade

Scalable Clustering Algorithm and Visualization Tools for Analyzing 10 Billion Trade Flow Data

Firm-level Preferences towards Trade Policy in Developing Nations

Synoptic Factor Analysis: Sparse and Clustered Mulidimensional ScalingĀ 

Publications

"The Charmed Life of Superstar Exporters: Firms and Trade Policy in Costa Rica" (with Iain Osgood, Dustin Tingley, Thomas Bernauer, Helen Milner, and Gabrielle Spilker), Journal of Politics, Forthcoming.

Subjects

17.800 Quantitative Research Methods I: Intro
17.806 Quantitative Research Methods IV: Advanced Topics