Brad Hackinen

Brad Hackinen is an Assistant Professor in Business, Economics and Public Policy at the Ivey Business School. He is an applied microeconomist working in the areas of political economy and environmental economics. He is particularly interested in how corporations and other interest groups influence public policy through information-based channels like lobbying and commenting on proposed regulations. His dissertation examined how large corporations use donations to non-profits as a tool to amplify their messages to regulators during the notice and comment process for U.S. federal rulemaking. He is also developing new tools for measuring political influence using the text of comments submitted to regulators.

“Comments for Sale”: Charitable Donations Can Lead Non-profits to Support Corporate Regulatory Agendas

A new paper shows how financial ties between companies and non-profits can subvert rulemaking process and lead to regulations that favor the...

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