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Research and engagement

Combine harvesting hemp plants
Cuomo approves investment in hemp production

Signs bill at Cornell event to help make New York a leading hemp producer

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Rev Summer Hardware Accelerator

The Hardware Accelerator at Rev helps budding entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses

Graduate student Mark Obstalecki, left, prepares a sample for the Rotational and Axial Motion System (RAMS) in the F2 hutch at CHESS under the watchful eye of Matthew Miller, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of InSitµ@CHESS
InSitu uses synchrotron for materials analysis

InSitu@CHESS offers material-testing help to industry, academia

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Citi signs on as tenant in The Bridge at Cornell Tech

Citigroup Inc. has leased 10,900 square feet in The Bridge at Cornell Tech

Thought Leaders in Economic Impact & Entrepreneurship

Robert H. Frank

Behavioral Economics

Robert H. Frank's scholarship focuses on theories of consumption, behavioral economics and the role of emotion in economics.

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Miguel Gómez

Applied Economics and Management

Miguel I. Gómez studies food marketing and distribution domestically and internationally, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Noliwe Rooks

Social Inequality

Noliwe Rooks is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies entrepreneurial approaches to addressing social inequality.

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Steven Kyle

Macroeconomics

Steven Kyle's research focuses on Portuguese-speaking African countries, and the management of transition economies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Shanjun Li

Economics

Shanjun Li's research focus is environmental and energy economics, empirical industrial organization and the Chinese economy.

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Sharon Poczter

Economics

Sharon Poczter studies the bank lending channel in emerging markets and the influence of institutional development and public policy.

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Louis Hyman

Economics and labor

Louis Hyman's current research is on the rise of temporary labor in the postwar United States and its effects on the organization of American business.

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Manoj Thomas

Marketing

Manoj Thomas' research focus is consumer behavior, particularly the nonconscious mental processes that influence consumer behavior.

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Aija Leiponen

Business strategies

Aija Leiponen is professor of applied economics and management with a focus on innovation and technological change.

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Cornell’s Local Economic Impact

Cornell’s dedication to the local community, demonstrated through engagement and contribution of resources, is one reason Ithaca is consistently ranked among the top small cities in the nation.


  • $2.9M
    Property taxes paid
  • $283M
    Student and visitor spending
  • $120.6M
    Purchasing in Tompkins and adjacent counties
  • $300M
    External federal, state and corporate research funding spent locally