Linda Barrington

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Linda Barrington

Executive Director
Institute for Compensation Studies


Linda Barrington is Executive Director of the Institute for Compensation Studies (ICS) in the ILR School at Cornell University, an interdisciplinary initiative in that analyzes, teaches, and communicates broadly about monetary and non-monetary rewards from work. Barrington comes to the Institute for Compensation Studies from The Conference Board, a global business membership and research organization. There, she held several positions over the past 10 years, including economist, special assistant to the CEO, research director, and most recently Managing Director of Human Capital. Prior to The Conference Board, Barrington was on the economics faculty at Barnard College of Columbia University. While on faculty at Barnard College, she published several articles on gender economics, poverty measurement and economic history. She has also taught at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, and a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin

Research Statement

Throughout her career, Barrington has completed research on global living standards, the working poor, gender and poverty, new workforce entrants, CEO perceptions of their top challenges, and executive compensation. She has published academic articles in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Economic History, and the Historical Statistics of the U.S. Her work also appears in numerous business/practitioner reports published by The Conference Board, including research projects assessing trends in CEO challenges, top executive compensation, and issues surrounding workforce demographics, productivity, and wellness. She is co-author of Employment and Work: Key Issues and Future Directions-The SAGE Reference Series on Disability. She is also editor and contributing author to The Other Side of the Frontier: Economic Explorations into Native American Economic History. Barrington has received underwriting for her research from various sources, including the Atlantic Philanthropies, Rockefeller Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and most recently the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Barrington has presented expert opinion related to gender pay gaps to state-level policy panels. She has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, as well as CNBC and Bloomberg, and has been a frequent contributor on economic issues to All Things Considered and Marketplace, in addition to other NPR programming.


Journal Articles

  • Harris Allen, Christopher Woock, Linda Barrington, William Bunn. 2008. "Age, Overtime, and Employee Health, Safety and Productivity Outcomes: A Case Study", Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 50(8):873-894.
  • Linda Barrington. 1997. "Estimating Earnings Poverty in 1939: A Comparison of Orshansky Method and Price Indexed Definitions of Poverty, Review of Economics and Statistics. LXXIX(3):406-414.
  • Linda Barrington. 1996. Race and Earnings Poverty, 1939-1959: A Refined Classification and Potential Measurement Bias, Essays in Economic and Business History. XIV
  • Linda Barrington. 1994. "At What Cost a Room of Her Own? Factors Contributing to the Feminization of Poverty Among Prime-Aged Women, 1939-1959", Journal of Economic History. 54(2):342-357.


  • Susanne Marie Bruyere, Linda Barrington. 2012. Sage Reference Series on Disability: Vol 3- Employment and Work. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2012. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)

Book Chapters

  • William Erickson, Sarah von Schrader, Susanne Marie Bruyere, Linda Barrington. 2012. Chapter 5 Annotated Data, Statistics, Tables, and Graphs. in Employment and Work. Sage, 2012. S. Bruyere and L. Barrington. (40)(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Linda Barrington, Gordon Fisher. 2006. Poverty in Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition. in Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2006. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Linda Barrington. 1999. Editor’s Introduction: Native Americans and U.S. Economic History. in The Other Side of the Frontier: Economic Explorations into Native American History. Westview Press , 1999. Linda Barrington. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Linda Barrington. 1998. The Other Side of the Frontier: Economic Explorations into Native American History. Boulder, CO: Westview Press , 1998. Joel Mokyr and Robert Margo. (320 Pages)(Published)(Book Chapter)

Professional Activities

  • The Optics of Executive Compensation. Presented to ILR. New York, NY. 2014.
  • Pay Equity: What President Obama's New Executive Order Means for You and Your Employees. Presented to Kenexa. online. 2014.
  • Pay Equity: Understanding the Relationship Between Pay Transparency, Compensation Communications and Perceptions. Presented to BLR. online. 2014.
  • Improving Employment Outcomes for Persons with Disabilities: What Employers Can Tell Us. Presented to National Association for Rehabilitation Research and Training. Bethesda, MD. 2011.


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Areas of Expertise

Other Areas of Expertise

Mature Workforce Issues, Business Leader Challenges