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Research and engagement

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ILR expert urges policies that support the flex economy

Prof. Hyman urged lawmakers to create jobs, financial independence by embracing 1930s-inspired policies

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Cornell Tech announces winners of third annual startup awards

Startup Awards competition winners receive pre-seed funding, co-working space to help grow their businesses

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Governor, labor unions announce climate jobs program

NY State poised to increase efforts to combat climate change, help unions lead the transition to a clean-energy economy

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Johnson's Nelson and peer deans discuss the value of the MBA

A panel of deans from the nation’s top colleges discuss the value of the MBA with prospective students

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


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


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

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Sharon Poczter


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


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