Ideas for the Economy

Professor Blau meets with President Obama on workplace issues
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ILR School Professor Francine Blau was among six of the nation’s leading economists that met with President Barack Obama on Friday.

In the White House Roosevelt Room, they discussed issues related to wages, income inequality, job quality and the future of work.

A Cornell Department of Economics faculty member, Blau said, “It was an excellent meeting and a very useful discussion of ideas for the economy. The president is enormously well informed on these issues. I was honored to participate.”

A 1966 graduate of ILR, Blau is Cornell’s Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics. In 2010, she won the international IZA Prize in Labor Economics.

A labor economist, Blau is especially well known for her research on gender issues, inequality and immigration.