Cornell University

George Boyer : Biography


Biographical Sketch:

George R. Boyer

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Cornell University

George R. Boyer is a Professor in the Department of Labor Economics in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He came to Cornell in 1982, after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of An Economic History of the English Poor Law, 1750-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 1990) and of numerous articles in the field of economic history. He also is an Associate Editor of the Industrial and Labor Relations Review. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic History and of Social Science History.

Professor Boyer's current research examines various aspects of labor markets in Victorian Britain, including trends in working class living standards, the economics of poor relief and private charity, unemployment and underemployment from 1870 to 1913, and labor market integration.

Professor Boyer’s teaching includes undergraduate courses on the Development of Economic Institutions, the Evolution of Social Policy in Britain and America, and Twentieth Century Economic History. He is the ILR School’s Director of Teaching, and chairs the School’s Teaching Advisory Committee.