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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.

Joseph Carl "JC" Tretter Jr. '13
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ILR School Events

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Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Neil Cholli

Neil Cholli, Klarman Fellow Does "Welfare-to-Work" Work? Evaluating Long-Run Effects across a Generation of Cohorts Abstract: Welfare-to-work reforms remain a popular yet controversial policy around the world. This paper evaluates reforms that introduced public work requirements in Denmark's social assistance program by estimating their long-run effects on a comprehensive set of outcomes across a generation of birth cohorts. Effects are highly heterogeneous across cohorts based on the time the reforms were introduced in the life cycle. Individuals facing the reforms as adults incur null or modest negative effects on income and substitute toward crime and alternative welfare programs. Meanwhile, children exposed to the reforms before they were eligible for social assistance experience significant gains in schooling and income. This heterogeneity is consistent with a model where younger cohorts invest in their human capital in anticipation of future work requirements while older cohorts adjust along alternative margins with high social costs. Evidence suggests that heterogeneity across cohorts can persist for decades over the life cycle and spill over to their own children. Cost-benefit analyses reveal that welfare-to-work is cost-effective in the long run, but this may be driven by anticipatory behavioral responses of younger cohorts aging into the population. This sheds light on the interpretation of aggregate effects of welfare-to-work over time and alternative, more efficient policy designs.

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Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Neil Cholli

Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy

Please join the Cornell ILR Climate Jobs Institute on March 1st and 2nd for a statewide conference, “Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy.” The conference will be a generative convening with labor unions and allies, environmental justice groups, community advocates, workforce development organizations, and government officials to share best practices, build relationships, and learn from one another how we chart the way to a more diverse, equitable and unionized clean energy workforce.
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Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy

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

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

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

Rwandan Leader Giving Konvitz Lecture

Thirty years after the genocide that devastated his country and killed most of his family, Freddy Mutanguha continues to stand for the empathy he developed in the tragedy’s aftermath.
Freddy Mutanguha will deliver the 2024 Konvitz Lecture.
Rwandan Leader Giving Konvitz Lecture

Students Debate Freedom of Expression’s Impact on Business

Cornell Chronicle
Students sparred over whether promoting freedom of expression in the workplace drives innovation and improves business, or interferes with decision-making and results in gridlock, during a debate and discussion held Feb. 7 in Ives Hall.
At the Feb. 7 debate, Leo Glasgow ’26 (standing) argues that freedom of expression is good for business.
Students Debate Freedom of Expression’s Impact on Business

Campus Life

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

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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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Big shout out to Big Red women’s ice hockey! Last week, ILR ‘27 Annelies Bergmann was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week for her amazing work as the team’s goaltender. The team won against 3-1 against Union College on February 10th and they are currently ranked #6 in the nation. Huge…

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