Linda Barrington

Linda Barrington

  • Senior Extension Associate
  • Executive Director, Institute for Compensation Studies
  • Associate Dean for Strategy and Societal Impact

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Faculty Expertise

  • Compensation and earnings
  • Gender issues in the workplace
  • Labor market and demographics


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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Linda Barrington is associate dean for strategy and societal impact for the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. She is also the executive director of the Institute for Compensation Studies. Barrington came to Cornell University from The Conference Board, a global business membership and research organization. While there, she advanced through several positions, including economist, special assistant to the CEO, research director, and managing director of human capital. Before assuming her current role at SC Johnson, Barrington served as associate dean for outreach and sponsored research at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She began her career on the economics faculty at Barnard College of Columbia University and has also taught economics at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois.

Barrington's published research addresses compensation, gender issues in the workplace, business leaders' perceptions of their top challenges, employees with disabilities, workforce demographics, and the working poor. Her work appears in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic History, Historical Statistics of the US, WorldatWork Journal, workspan, and numerous business-research reports. Barrington has also edited and been contributing author to three scholarly books.

She has been a frequent media contributor on compensation issues and labor market statistics and has presented expert opinion to state and national policy panels on gender pay gaps, generational workforce challenges, and compensation. She has rich career experience as an educator, researcher, media spokesperson, and executive leader, having built a successful track record in academic administration, stakeholder collaboration, and organizational management.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1991
  • MS University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1988
  • BS University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1985