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Faculty and Research

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We are home to world-class faculty who study work at every level. We create relevant research from across disciplines, including (but not limited to) sociology, history, law, HR studies, and anthropology. Our research influences public policy, informs business strategy and organizational design, and improves professional practices. We're innovative researchers, creating and using new approaches to help the world understand work.

Living Wage Study Reveals Racial Disparities

Ian Greer, Ithaca Co-Lab director and other ILR researchers have found that living wage legislation would have a dramatic impact on the earnings of many Black workers in Tompkins County.
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Living Wage Study Reveals Racial Disparities

Why test prep for children focuses on math exams

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New research shows that the reason children show more progress on math exams than on English exams partially stems from incentives embedded in the way standardized tests are designed.
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Why test prep for children focuses on math exams

Bronfenbrenner Outlines Employer Anti-Union Efforts to Congress

New research advances the study of employer opposition in private and public sector organizing.
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Bronfenbrenner Outlines Employer Anti-Union Efforts to Congress

Manager Movement Impacts Subordinates’ Careers

Bonuses and other incentives decrease for employees left behind, but many seek out opportunities within their organizations, according to research co-authored by ILR Associate Professor JR Keller.
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Manager Movement Impacts Subordinates’ Careers

New York at Work 2022 Published

Research-based data and policy analysis on a range of issues impacting New York’s workers, unions and employers are the focus of the ILR School’s second annual Labor Day report.
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New York at Work 2022 Published

Cost of Living is Biggest Concern for NYS Residents

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The cost of living is the most important issue for residents of New York state, according to the Empire State Poll, conducted by the ILR School between June and August.
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Cost of Living is Biggest Concern for NYS Residents

Our Faculty

We host more full-time faculty involved in teaching and research that spans the broad range of work and employment disciplines than any other educational institution like us.

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Catherwood Library

The Martin P. Catherwood Library offers expert research support through reference services, instruction, online guides, and access to premier collections. The collection consists of 250,000 volumes and 1500 serial subscriptions along with essential academic and practitioner databases and special format materials such as media and microforms. While many of these resources are academic in origin, we also collect directly from unions, corporations, governments, and non-profit organizations. Additionally, we are an International Labour Organization (ILO) Partner Library.

Find online resources, see office hours, and get directions to our physical collections.

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The Kheel Center

Our library hosts the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives. The Kheel Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible special collections pertaining to the history of the workplace and labor relations.

Over the years, many individuals and organizations generously donated their valuable materials to the Kheel Center. For some organizations, the center is the official repository. 

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About the Kheel Center

Undergraduate Research

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Students involved in ILR's many research opportunities develop close relationships with faculty, become authors or coauthors of published articles, and present at conferences and meetings.

 

Find out more about undergraduate research at ILR.

 

Find out more about graduate fellowships and financial aid.

Centers and Institutes

Each of ILR's centers and institutes focuses on a particular workplace-related theme and provides an umbrella of support for broad research programs involving our faculty.

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Centers and Institutes

Research Resources

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ILR Press

ILR Press publishes books about workplace issues, labor, management, and social policy. Written from a variety of perspectives, these books appeal to a diverse readership that includes scholars and students throughout the social sciences; practitioners, and, increasingly, the general public. Widely regarded as the most distinguished publisher in the field, ILR Press was founded more than fifty years ago as the publishing division of the ILR School. It is an imprint of Cornell University Press.

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Digital Commons

DigitalCollections@ILR offers electronic access to unique material that encompasses every aspect of the workplace. As a service of our Catherwood Library. we offer research and scholarly output including journal articles, working papers, and reports have been selected for inclusion in DC@ILR by the individual departments, centers, institutes, and programs within the ILR School, and deposited by authors or the staff at the Catherwood Library.

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ILR Review

The ILR Review is a peer-reviewed journal on work and employment issues. The Review is published by SAGE Publications. It is dedicated to international and interdisciplinary research that advances new theory, presents novel empirical work, and informs organizational and public policy.

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