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The ILR Alumni Association Bio Burst project, a monthly video series that introduces you to members of ILR's recent alumni community.
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.
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.
Please join us for the 2024 Milton Konvitz Lecture. Freddy Mutanguha, CEO of the Aegis Trust and director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial will deliver this year’s Konvitz Lecture on March 13. “Thirty Years Out of Genocide: Lessons on Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Rwanda” begins at 4:30 p.m. in 105 Ives Hall. The public is invited to attend in person or live online, please register below. Freddy Mutanguha CEO of the Aegis Trust and director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Full bio The Konvitz Lecture is made possible through the generosity of Irwin Jacobs (BEE ’56) and Joan Jacobs (BS HE ’54).
George Borjas, Harvard Monopsony, Efficiency, and the Regularization of Undocumented Immigrants (with Anthony Edo) Abstract: In May 1981, President François Mitterrand regularized the status of undocumented immigrant workers in France. The newly legalized immigrants represented 12 percent of the non-French workforce and about 1 percent of all workers. Employers have monopsony power over undocumented workers because the undocumented may find it costly to participate in the open labor market and have restricted economic opportunities. By alleviating this labor market imperfection, a regularization program can move the market closer to the efficient competitive equilibrium and potentially increase employment and wages for both the newly legalized and the authorized workforce. Our empirical analysis reveals that the Mitterrand regularization program particularly increased employment and wages for low-skill native and immigrant men, and raised French GDP by over 1 percent.
Matthew Johnson, Duke
Discover internships and full-time opportunities with labor unions, law firms representing unions and/or individuals, and other organizations dedicated to workers’ rights. The Labor Advocacy Career Fair (formerly known as the Social Justice Career Fair) is open to all Ithaca-based Cornell students and will be a featured event during the university's annual Union Days series, sponsored by the ILR School.