DigitalCollections@ILR offers electronic access to unique material that encompasses every aspect of the workplace. It is a service of the Martin P. Catherwood Library (serving Cornell University's ILR School), and Cornell University Library. Research and scholarly output including journal articles, working papers, and reports have been selected for inclusion in DC@ILR by the individual departments, centers, institutes, and programs within the ILR School, and deposited by authors or the staff at the Catherwood Library.

In addition, DC@ILR houses collections of digital material selected by the librarians and archivists at Catherwood. These collections were created out of a growing concern over the loss of born digital materials and grey literature and the desire to ensure access to these resources for current and future students, faculty, and researchers. We offer these digital collections as part of its ongoing mission to serve as a comprehensive information center in support of the research, instruction, and service commitments of the ILR School and Cornell community.

We are committed to the long term accessibility of all items in DC@ILR: each item is assigned a persistent handle, and metadata records are maintained even for withdrawn content. There are no access restrictions for any content housed within the repository except for embargoes as required by publishers, and all content may be freely accessed by search engines.

For questions, comments, and inquiries about the DC@ILR, contact the Digital Projects Group of the Catherwood Library, at

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  • Building “Next Generation” Democratic Workplaces to Reduce Inequality and Empower Workers: Evidence and Policy Implications from Buffalo-Niagara 

    Weaver, Russell (Cornell University, 2020-10)
    [Excerpt] Within the current political economic system, prevailing cultural norms and institutional infrastructure have forged a business climate that rewards self-interest, growth, and profit-maximization while essentially ...
  • Employers as Subjects of the Immigration State: How the State Foments Employment Insecurity for Temporary Immigrant Workers 

    Gleeson, Shannon; Griffith, Kati L. (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
    The state plays a key role in shaping worker precarity, and employers are key actors in mediating this process. While employers sometimes may act as willing extensions of the deportation machinery, they are also subjects ...
  • Do firm effects drift? 

    Lachowska, Marta; Mas, Alexandre; Saggio, Raffaele; Woodbury, Stephen A. (Presented at the Models of Linked Employer-Employee Data Conference 2019, 2019-10-13)
    Firm effects in the AKM model are typically assumed to be constant over time. But what if they aren't constant? We look at a Time-Varying AKM model to show that firm effects are highly persistent and that variance components ...
  • It Ain’t Where You’re From, It’s Where You’re At.. 

    Kline, Patrick; Saggio, Raffaele; Sølvsten, Mikkel (Presented at the Models of Linked Employer-Employee Data Conference 2019, 2019-10-12)
    The AKM model of wage determination was loosely motivated by wage posting models (e.g., Burdett and Mortensen, 1998) that feature a stable wage ladder. Using the AKM model, we looked at gender differences in sorting. ...
  • Social Connections and the Sorting of Workers to Firms 

    Eliason, Marcus; Hensvik, Lena; Kramarz, Francis; Norström Skans, Oskar (Presented at the Models of Linked Employer-Employee Data Conference 2019, 2019-10-13)
    We assess the impact of social connections on the sorting of workers to firms (and the presumption that connections increase sorting inequality) by first examining the distribution of displaced workers’ social connections ...

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