The Institute for Compensation StudiesTM (ICS) in the ILR School at Cornell University is a vehicle for interdisciplinary research on compensation, compensation design and compensation strategy.

All aspects of compensation are explored by the Institute including (but not limited to) compensation design, compensation in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, executive compensation, benefits and pensions, total compensation, forms of pay and pay “mix”, the relationship between pay and “performance”, compensation in labor unions, public policy, regulation and legal issues, minimum wages and compensation internationally.

The Institute also strives to be the central repository for academic research on compensation worldwide. Interested researchers can submit their papers to the ICS for possible inclusion by sending a message to:

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