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The Institute for Compensation Studies supports the creation of new knowledge, thought-provoking discussion of employer practices, and better informed public discourse through its applied and translational workplace-focused research that bridges between academics and practice.

 

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Employment Cost Index Commentary

The Employment Cost Index (ECI) reports changes in employers’ costs of compensation, wages, and benefits. ICS’ commentary on the ECI provides useful interpretation of this quarterly report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Read the current ECI Commentary to learn more

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A vehicle for interdisciplinary research on compensation, compensation design and compensation strategy, ICS strives to be the central repository for academic research on compensation worldwide. Interested researchers are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration.

Explore the ICS working paper series

Recent Publications in Compensation Studies

Research Fellows and ICS faculty and staff contribute to a wide array of publications exploring forms of pay and pay “mix”, equity, the role of organizational strategy, labor unions, public policy, and regulation, and the evolving form of paid work.

Explore Publications in Compensation Studies

Latest News and Events

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ICS introduces its report on Human Capital in Executive Pay

Our new report examines Human Capital -- is it ready for prime time in compensation design?
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ICS introduces its report on Human Capital in Executive Pay

Students build a club to organize interest in compensation topics on campus

Interested in Compensation? Now there's a club for that.
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Students build a club to organize interest in compensation topics on campus

ICS co-hosts Jake Rosenfeld

Sociologist Jake Rosenfeld made time to speak with ILR students during his visit to Cornell this spring.
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ICS co-hosts Jake Rosenfeld

Professional Education

The Institute for Compensation Studies has partnered with eCornell to offer the Compensation Studies Certificate focused on Total Rewards to attract, motivate, and retain top talent.. This four-course certificate program provides confidence and skills to articulate key compensation factors within your organization, consider compensation needs, assess the effectiveness of what you have in place, and align those needs with your organizational strategy and goals.

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Discover our professional education programs

Student Engagement

The Institute for Compensation Studies offers students from across Cornell University an interdisciplinary research, classroom and internship community focused on probing and analyzing the full spectrum of issues and challenges surrounding rewards from and incentives to work. Learn more about our student opportunities and rising talent.

Find out more about our student engagement

C3, the Cornell Compensation Club, is live

The new C3 is where to learn about compensation and opportunities in the compensation field.
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C3, the Cornell Compensation Club, is live

Join us for our first C3: Cornell Compensation Club meeting

Join us at the first meeting of C3: the Cornell Compensation Club Tuesday, September 26th
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Join us for our first C3: Cornell Compensation Club meeting

Cornell Students: Interested in Compensation?

Our reception 8 May @ 4pm for Cornell students.
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Cornell Students: Interested in Compensation?