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Our flexible, interdisciplinary major lets students pursue a wide range of academic interests and careers.

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

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Every ILRie Has a Story

Lauren Ezrol Klein ’88 is receiving the Alpern Award, which recognizes outstanding service and support to ILR and professional accomplishments outside the industrial and labor relations field. 

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Graduate Conference: Agrarian Studies, Climate Change and the Future of Work

The future of work is hot. Literally. Unpredictable seasons, droughts, floods, warming temperatures, rising seas, and a host of other climatic factors are changing what work is, what it means, and what it does to the body. These effects are unevenly felt across geographies, forms of difference, and inequalities. The impacts of climate change – extreme temperatures and changing agricultural cycles - on agrarian environments demand new frameworks to analyze work in the agrarian present and future. We invite abstracts that conceptualize climate change as a problem of work. Rather than restricting a changing climate to new weather patterns, shifting topographies, and techno-fixes, this conference opens a conversation to think about climate change through other anthropogenic changes, such as sociopolitical and economic transformations. This graduate conference will bring graduate students across disciplines to speak on a variety of topics including agrarian change, urban and rural relations, infrastructural transitions, uneven geographies of risk, and the politics of scale and temporality. We invite graduate students to send abstracts of up to 250 words to hak78@cornell.edu by March 1st, 2024.

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Graduate Conference: Agrarian Studies, Climate Change and the Future of Work

Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Francesca Truffa

Francesca Truffa, Stanford Peer Effects and the Gender Gap in Corporate Leadership: Evidence from MBA Students Abstract: Women continue to be underrepresented in corporate leadership positions. This paper studies the role of social connections in women's career advancement. We investigate whether access to a larger share of female peers in business school affects the gender gap in senior managerial positions. Merging administrative data from a top-10 US business school with public LinkedIn profiles, we first document that female MBAs are 24 percent less likely than male MBAs to enter senior management within 15 years of graduation. Next, we use the exogenous assignment of students into sections to show that a larger proportion of female MBA section peers increases the likelihood of entering senior management for women but not for men. This effect is driven by female-friendly firms, such as those with more generous maternity leave policies and greater work schedule flexibility. A larger proportion of female MBA peers induces women to transition to these firms where they attain senior management roles. A survey of female MBA alumnae reveals four key mechanisms: (i) increase in both female and male MBA peer support, (ii) reduction in negative work effects from having children, (iii) increase in negotiation, and (iv) suggestive increase in ambitions for those in sections with more female peers. These findings highlight the role of social connections in reducing the gender gap in senior management positions.

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Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Francesca Truffa

A Fireside Chat with Jake Rosenfeld

In pay, objective pay is more relative than your HR Director thinks Jake Rosenfeld (Wash U) chats with Prof. Diane Burton (ILR School) about his books and ongoing research. Snacks will be available. Professor Jake Rosenfeld's research and teaching focus on the political and economic determinants of inequality in the United States and other advanced democracies. He is primarily interested in the determinants of wages and salaries, and how these vary across time and place. He is the author of many articles and two books, You're Paid What You’re Worth and Other Myths of the Modern Economy (2021) and What Unions No Longer Do (2014). He is Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. This talk is hosted by the Institute for Compensation Studies, Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality, and the Cornell Population Center. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology.

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A Fireside Chat with Jake Rosenfeld

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.”
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Wells Elected AAAS Fellow

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Professor Martin Wells has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society. 

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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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New eCornell Certificate Explores Intersection of Climate Change, Labor and Equity

A new certificate being offered by eCornell, in conjunction with the ILR School’s Climate Job Institute, will delve into the critical intersection of climate change, labor and equity, exploring the far-reaching implications of a warming planet on workers, communities and the broader economy.
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New eCornell Certificate Explores Intersection of Climate Change, Labor and Equity

What’s Up with the World of Work? ILR Dean Weighs In

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Alexander Colvin, PhD ’99, on unions, remote jobs, the minimum wage hike, the “longshoremen future,” and more
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What’s Up with the World of Work? ILR Dean Weighs In

Faculty Awarded for Creative, Innovative Community Engagement

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Esta Bigler, director, ILR's Labor & Employment Law Program, has received Community-Engaged Practice and Innovation Awards from the Einhorn Center for Community Engagement.
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Faculty Awarded for Creative, Innovative Community Engagement

ILRie Chosen as Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Fellow

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Margot Treadwell ’24 is one of two Cornell seniors selected as junior fellows of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and will spend next year conducting research with the organization in Washington, D.C.
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ILRie Chosen as Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Fellow

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Did you know? Long before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg cited his research on forced arbitration in her dissent of a Supreme Court decision, our Dean Alex Colvin earned a B.S. in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Toronto. And he is SERIOUS about eclipse safety! So be sure to ditch…

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