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Study the workplace comprehensively with the world's highest concentration of workplace faculty.

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Invest in your career by learning from instructors who blend world-leading research with business-tested practicality.

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Every ILRie Has a Story

JC Tretter ’13 talks in an interview about broken bones, ruffling feathers, a bum knee, almost quitting football, constant eating, the fun of pro football, what’s next (not lawyering, fyi) and Cornell places he loves.

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ILR School Events

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Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Alex Willén

Alex Willén, Norwegian School of Economics The Labor Market Competition and Its Effect on Firms and Local Communities Abstract: We isolate the consequences of increased labor market competition on the entire ecosystem of local communities using unique features of the Scandinavian labor market. A shock to labor mobility from Sweden to Norway caused a substantial increase in labor competition for Swedish firms on the border with Norway. Using individual-level register data linked across the two countries, we show that Swedish firms respond by raising worker wages relative to productivity and reducing their workforces. A compositional change in the workforce results in a drop in the average quality of workers, generating a decline in firm value added and a higher risk of firm exit. The negative effects on firms spill over to the local communities, which experience population flight, declining business activity, increased inequality, and changing political sentiments. These effects persist for at least a decade after the initial shock. We conclude that changes to workers’ outside options can have a dramatic and persistent effect on local communities and send ripples across all segments of society, even in countries with automatic stabilizers specifically designed to blunt the impact of local shocks.

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Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Alex Willén

Unions, Labor, and Freedom of Expression

Join the ILR Worker Institute on March 5 for a talk on Unions, Labor and Freedom of Expression. Our featured speaker is Randi Weingarten, President, AFT and 2024 ILR Alice B. Grant Labor Leader in Residence. This event is geared towards an in-person audience. If this is not possible, please join us on Zoom.

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Unions, Labor, and Freedom of Expression

Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Jorgen Harris

Jorgen Harris, Occidental Diverse Hiring in Homogeneous Hiring Pools Abstract: We study the effect of hearing cases alongside nonwhite judicial colleagues on the probability that a federal judge hires a nonwhite law clerk. Federal judges are assigned to judicial panels at random and have few limitations on their choices of law clerks. Using a unique dataset of federal case records merged with judicial hiring information, we find that white judges are less likely to hire Black, Hispanic, or Asian clerks in years when they are randomly assigned to cases with Black, Hispanic, and Asian judges (respectively) at a higher rate. This finding presents a surprising contrast to prior work in Battaglini, Harris, Patacchini (2023) which found strong positive effects on interaction with female colleagues on hiring of women. We hypothesize that this negative effect results from reductions in judges’ proactive attempts to recruit non-white clerks, due to changes in their perceptions of the diversity of the profession.

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Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Jorgen Harris

Future of Work Fellowships

The ILR Future of Work fellowship program supports postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students who work with our world-leading faculty on innovative and impactful research projects.

This fellowship program is designed to promote the benefits of strong collaboration between newer researchers and resident faculty members in studying impactful topics related to the future of work. Fellows and their faculty sponsors alike are enabled to address challenging research questions and break out of any stereotypes or default thinking around the future of work.

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“My time at the ILR School helped me understand both labor and management perspectives, which has proven to be a solid foundation for my career.”
Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball

Number of Striking US Workers Rose 141% in 2023

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The number of striking workers in the United States, particularly in private-sector industries, more than doubled from 2022 to 2023, according to a report published Feb. 15 by the ILR School.

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Catherwood Library

The Martin P. Catherwood Library is the most comprehensive resource on labor and employment in North America, offering expert research support through reference services, instruction, online guides and access to premier collections.

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ILR in the News

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Future of Work Provides Grant to Study Immigrant Workplace

Postdoctoral fellow Youbin Kang will work with Professors Gleeson and Griffith to research recent policy changes by the Department of Homeland Security.
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Future of Work Provides Grant to Study Immigrant Workplace

Union Days Kicks Off with Keynote by Randi Weingarten ’80

Cornell ILR's Union Days begins Tuesday, March 5, with "Unions, Labor, and Freedom of Expression," a presentation given by Randi Weingarten ’80.
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Union Days Kicks Off with Keynote by Randi Weingarten ’80

DE&I Symposium Examines Workplace Culture

With roughly 75 ILR School graduate and Cornell Law students in attendance, the ILR Center for Applied Research on Work and the Scheinman Institute teamed up to host DE&I Symposium: Equity Through Innovation.
Cyrus Mehri leading the DE&I Symposium: Equity Through Innovation.
DE&I Symposium Examines Workplace Culture

3 Strategies to Keep Your Best Employees

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Professor Bradford Bell contends that while attracting top talent remains crucial, retention is the real test of organizational resilience.
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3 Strategies to Keep Your Best Employees

Campus Life

A view of student life at Cornell University's ILR School in Ithaca, NY.

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ILR ambassadors are here to remind you that transfer applications are due March 15th! #cornellilr #cornelluniversity #irschool

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ILRies love the season of love! Last week, MILRSO members had a great time writing letters of appreciation to their loved ones! #cornellilr #ilrschool #cornelluniversity

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Enjoying some blue skies in front of Ives ☀️ #ILRSchool #Cornell

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Cornell Commitment rewards students who exemplify Cornell’s commitment to academic excellence, service, leadership, learning, discovery, and work! This past weekend, we spotted a few of our Cornell Commitment ILRies at an event dedicated to cheering on the women’s hockey team! #cornellilr …

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Congrats to the Labor Action Tracker team for its 2023 annual report detailing why and where nearly half a million American workers went on strike last year! Written by Kathryn Ritchie ’24, Johnnie Kallas, Ph.D. ’23, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, and ILR doctoral student Deepa…

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❤️❤️ILRies spreading kindness! Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️❤️ #bekind #kindness #love #valentines #ilrschool #cornell

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