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New Conversations Project Releases Social Dialogue Report

A year-long mapping exercise, utilizing COVID-19 as a “stress test,” has resulted in 10 country-specific reports on the state of worker organizing, bargaining and social dialogue in garment-producing nations.
Garment workers in an Indonesian factory

ILR Review Special Issue Set for May

The May issue of the ILR School’s peer-reviewed journal explores new theories that help us understand economic and social changes that affect employment relations.
The cover of the ILR Review

Technology Is Displacing Workers, But Not The Way You Think

New research co-authored by Associate Professor Adam Seth Litwin and Sherry M. Tanious ’17 suggests that companies focused on quality, not price, are more likely to use technology to empower workers rather than to replace them with temps.
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Higher-Income Individuals Take More COVID-19 Safety Precautions

New research co-authored by ILR Professor Michèle Belot focuses on the role socioeconomics played in individuals’ health-related decisions during the early months of the pandemic.

A woman wearing a mask applies sanitizer to her hands

Want to Hire More Women? Expand Your Short List.

New research co-authored by Assistant Professor Brian Lucas found that when considering candidates for a position in a male-dominated field, people consistently included more women on longer “short lists.”

Men and women wait for a job interview

The Pros and Cons of Working with a Star

New research from ILR Associate Professor Rebecca Kehoe lays out the risks and rewards of collaborating with a star at work – which span beyond learning and task performance.

Unrecognizable manager is evaluating a female employee icon with a five star rating versus one with three.

The Impact of the White Gaze at Work

ILR Assistant Professor Courtney McCluney co-authored new research exploring the ways in which white gaze permeates organizations and is experienced by Black women in the workplace.

A young black women works remotely.

The Downside of a Startup

New research co-authored by Professor M. Diane Burton shows that working for a startup can have long term negative financial implications.

Employees at a startup hold a meeting

Study Tests Why Internal Hires Outperform External Hires

High-performing internal hires are likely to stay with the organization while high-performing external hires leave more often, according to research by ILR Assistant Professor Ben A. Rissing and Alan Benson ’07.

Wood figures in a row with a single green one being singled out by a businessman with a magnifying glass.

Book Brief: “Tasting Qualities”: What Tea Tells Us

Associate Professor Sarah Besky’s newest book examines the work that goes into making a maintaining the “goodness” in a good cup of tea.

A woman picks tea on a tea plantation in India

Entitled People Less Likely to Follow COVID Guidelines

New research by ILR Associate Professor Emily Zitek suggests that entitled people’s refusal to follow health guidelines is causing them to be at risk of contracting COVID-19.

Image of cartoon figures wearing masks, with one maskless individual between the two groups.

COVID-19 Tracking Tool Offered to Public 

Demographics, poverty rates and other variables within the boundaries of each NYS school district are offered alongside COVID-19 data.

A screen shot image from the ILR School's COVID-19 tracking tool

The Benefits of Hiring “Boomerangs”

New research co-authored by ILR Assistant Professor JR Keller and Associate Professor Rebecca Kehoe indicates “boomerang” hires receive stronger performance evaluations than other new hires.

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ILR Research: Entitled People React With Anger to Bad Luck

New research by ILR Associate Professor Emily Zitek indicates that people with a higher sense of entitlement get angrier than others after experiencing bad luck.

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Kircher Paper Offers Options for Slowing COVID-19

ILR economist investigates links between COVID-19 testing, behaviors and age groups.

Man in a medical mask near the window.

Creativity Cliff Illusion: ILR Research

New research by ILR Assistant Professor Brian Lucas indicates that there is a disconnect between people’s beliefs and the reality of how their creativity emerges over the course of a project.

A group of workers participate in a creative idea session.

Group Ties Can Lead to Discriminatory Behavior

New research by ILR Professor Seth Sanders indicates that people who join groups are predisposed to social biases.

Red and blue pawns are separated into groups

Proudfoot and Fath Study How Behavioral Cues Influence Perceived Creativity

New ILR research shows that workers who signal their independence from other people, rather than how socially connected they are, are judged to have more creative potential.

A young woman meditates while others participate in a meeting.

Health Care Research Led by Litwin

Technological changes driven by COVID-19 could worsen conditions for health care workers, but a work-centered approach could improve pay and job quality, says Associate Professor Adam Seth Litwin.

A couple speaking to a doctor online with a laptop computer.

Litwin Awarded Fulbright

ILR associate professor will travel to Australia to study how new technologies will transform the workplace and affect workers.

Adam Seth Litwin speaks with two undergraduates in his office in Ives Hall.

An Educational Evolution

After beginning her studies at CALS, Associate Professor Rebecca Kehoe has found a home at ILR.

Rebecca Kehoe outside Ives Hall

Power, Inequality, and Immigrant Worker Rights

Gleeson seeks to understand how immigration policies and worker protections came to be, and the factors that ensure that they are implemented or disregarded.

An immigrant farmworker harvesting grapes

West Virginians Show Cornellians a New World

Lee Adler flipped traditional teaching when he created a course that began with a week-long immersion in coalfield communities.

Lee Adler with a group of students in West Virginia

Batt Uncovers a Culprit

Soaring costs for emergency room visits can often be traced to private equity firms, professor says.

Emergency department doctors and nurses push a gurney stretcher with seriously injured person.

Research Tackles Health and Sustainability Questions

Associate Professor Marya Besharov is applying her expertise in organizational change and leadership to the hubs that put locally sourced foods on dinner tables.

Associate Professor Marya Besharov

LERA Ranks ILR Review Top Employment Journal

Journal tackles real-world problems with broad interdisciplinary approach to become industry leader.

Cover image of the ILR Review

Research Aimed at Improving Health Care

Research by an ILR graduate student shows how trade unions can improve medical and social services. An agency in New York City has incorporated some of his findings to help improve health care delivery.

Nick Krachler research on improved health care.

Blau Receives Award

The American Economic Association has recognized the achievements of Professor Francine Blau.

Professor Fran Blau

Lifetime Cost of Assault

Research by faculty member Liz Karns tracks the lifetime financial losses of sexual assault victims.

Distorted Face of a Woman