This research project seeks to determine how firms respond — via innovation and lobbying — to the discovery that their products may be harmful and may face future regulation. As such, we will construct a novel dataset of scientific discoveries of product harms, and we will then employ causal inference methods to empirically measure how firms respond.


“The role will entail:

– Assistance surveying epidemiological literature for the discovery of new toxins and carcinogens, including the chemical type and timing of discovery.

– Working within the R programming language to clean and merge datasets of chemical manufacturers with other corporate financial reporting datasets.

– Using textual matching algorithms (similar to those employed by major search engines) to identify imperfect matches across firm names.

– Careful documentation of findings for a research environment. ”

This internship is available to Harris School of Public Policy graduate students. Application closes April 19, 2021.