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Work From Home Success Linked to Work/Life Boundaries

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The benefits of working from home are greater for those who work solely during standard business hours, according to new ILR research.
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Work From Home Success Linked to Work/Life Boundaries

Fewer Than 40% of New Yorkers Earn a Living Wage

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The Cornell ILR Wage Atlas, a new tool out of the Buffalo Co-Lab, shows who in New York state earns living wages and where, helping policymakers and other stakeholders to understand patterns of inequality.
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Fewer Than 40% of New Yorkers Earn a Living Wage

Many Lessons, Difficult Path to Solutions

A new working paper by the Global Labor Institute delves into the lessons learned by the apparel industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and explores how to better handle future crises.
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Many Lessons, Difficult Path to Solutions

Co-Lab Builds on Research

The “Good Jobs for All?” summit focused on barriers faced by workers in Ithaca, where ILR faculty, students and community members have been investigating joblessness, wage inequality and related issues.
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Co-Lab Builds on Research

Global Apparel Supply Chain Factory Workers Walk When Wage Codes Are Violated

Research from Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla shows that factory workers in the global apparel supply chain are more likely to quit over low wages than other poor working conditions.
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Global Apparel Supply Chain Factory Workers Walk When Wage Codes Are Violated

Strikes, Protests Tracked by Kallas

The ILR Labor Action Tracker led by doctoral student Johnnie Kallas was launched May 1, 2021, and captures data from across the nation.
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Strikes, Protests Tracked by Kallas

Little Fish, Big Pond: The Pitfalls of Tracking

Sorting students into classes based on academic performance is common and often contentious, but new research from Assistant Professor Evan Riehl suggests that “students may benefit from tracking.”
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Little Fish, Big Pond: The Pitfalls of Tracking

Creating a Creativity Framework

A new paper by Assistant Professor Brian Lucas lays out a framework for how workers undertake the creative process.
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Creating a Creativity Framework

Fixed-Duration Strikes Can Revitalize Labor

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New ILR School research indicates that “fixed-duration” strikes can help unions counteract increasing employer power.
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Fixed-Duration Strikes Can Revitalize Labor

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

Workers Can't Always Identify Sexual Harassment

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New research from the ILR School suggests people who work in industries with high levels of sexual harassment have a harder time identifying inappropriate behavior.
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Workers Can't Always Identify Sexual Harassment

Worker-Centered Policy Doesn’t Center on All Workers

Assistant Professor Desirée LeClercq argues for more worker voice in U.S. “worker-centered’ trade policies.
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Worker-Centered Policy Doesn’t Center on All Workers

Women Resent Compliments About Communality at Work

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Research from Assistant Professor Devon Proudfoot illustrates that women experience more anger than men when encountering gendered stereotypes - even when the stereotypes are positive.
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Women Resent Compliments About Communality at Work

Investors’ Impact on Health Care Investigated

The financial stability of providers and their ability to serve patients is being threatened by Wall Street, according to new research co-authored by ILR Professor Rose Batt.
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Investors’ Impact on Health Care Investigated

Fighting For Worker Rights Takes Psychological Toll

New ILR research shows that individual workers who file claims over workplace rights violations suffer emotionally.
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Fighting For Worker Rights Takes Psychological Toll

The Limits of the Platform Economy

Research Professor Ian Greer, M.S. ’03, Ph.D. 05, shows why some industries – specifically live music – do not become part of the platform economy.
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The Limits of the Platform Economy

Research of Four ILR Professors Featured

The August issue of the ILR Review includes articles co-authored by Adam Seth Litwin, Ian Greer, John McCarthy and JR Keller, exploring a range of work topics.
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Research of Four ILR Professors Featured

For-Profit Colleges Increase Students’ Debt, Default Risk

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New research from Professor Michael Lovenheim outlines the pitfalls of attending a for-profit college.
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For-Profit Colleges Increase Students’ Debt, Default Risk

The Pitfalls of Variable Work Schedules

ILR doctoral student Hyesook Chung’s new research suggests that variable work scheduling may provide short-term solutions to unpredictable market conditions, but have potential negative impacts on both workers and business performance.
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The Pitfalls of Variable Work Schedules

Matteson Awarded Academic Venture Fund Grant

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Associate Professor David Matteson, along with researchers from the Dyson School and the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, has been awarded an AVF grant for the project, “Mapping Poverty, Natural Hazards, and Critical Ecosystem Services for Equitable and Sustainable Development.”
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Matteson Awarded Academic Venture Fund Grant

Overlooked, Undervalued: Cornell Research Seeks to Elevate Home Care Workers

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Professor Ariel Avgar, Ph.D. ’08 is part of an ambitious, multidisciplinary research program aimed at elevating the value of home care workers.
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Overlooked, Undervalued: Cornell Research Seeks to Elevate Home Care Workers

Cohesion Drives Union Decision: Bishara Research

Tunisia’s General Labor Union choice to remain neutral illustrates the role of internal cohesion in shaping electoral behavior, according to new research.
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Cohesion Drives Union Decision: Bishara Research

New Report Analyzes What Workers Really Want

Report, co-authored by Kate Bronfenbrenner and prepared by the Worker Empowerment Research Network (WERN), suggests a need to re-evaluate labor laws and employers’ responses to organization
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New Report Analyzes What Workers Really Want

The Power and Gratitude Imbalance

In studying how individuals feel and express gratitude, Assistant Professor Alice Lee has found that power dynamics play a crucial role.
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The Power and Gratitude Imbalance

New Report from Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate Provides Roadmap to Exceed NYC Climate Goals, Create Over 1 Million Jobs

A new report released today by Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate in collaboration with the Climate Jobs NY coalition outlines a comprehensive climate jobs action plan for NYC to fight the climate crisis, make NYC safer and address racial and economic inequity by investing in a pro-worker renewable energy transition.
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New Report from Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate Provides Roadmap to Exceed NYC Climate Goals, Create Over 1 Million Jobs

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