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Lobbying and COVID-19 Responses in the US


Term:

Fall

Department:

17: Political Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

In Song Kim

Faculty email:

insong@mit.edu

Apply by:

September 10, 2020

Contact:

Rémi Cura, remi.cura@gmail.com

Project Description

Students joining the project will evaluate the role of special interest groups in affecting various public policy domains such as COVID- 19 based on large-scale money in politics data that the PI has developed. Specifically, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been lobbied for by numerous large multinational corporations in various industries such as Uber, Boeing, Amazon, AT&T, FedEx, Facebook, 3M, Coca-cola, Starbucks, and Tesla, just to name a few. Students will join the research team and learn under what conditions interest groups engage in political activities and how/whether the government’s reaction to the pandemic is shaped by them. This project will involve various methodological approaches ranging from qualitative to quantitative machine learning methods to analyze "big data" in political science research. We will work closely with each individual UROP to develop an appropriate project based on the student's substantive and methodological interests.

Pre-requisites

No prerequisites required. *First-year students are especially welcome to join the project*. Participation in this UROP will be done remotely; students are expected to attend a weekly Zoom meeting with other research team members. Knowledge of python and SQL will be helpful although not necessary.