Cornell University

Linda Barrington : Biography

Linda Barrington is Executive Director of the Institute for Compensation Studies (ICS) in the ILR School at Cornell University, an interdisciplinary initiative in that analyzes, teaches, and communicates broadly about monetary and non-monetary rewards from work.

Throughout her career, Barrington has completed research on global living standards, the working poor, gender and poverty, new workforce entrants, CEO perceptions of their top challenges, and executive compensation. She has published academic articles in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Economic History, and the Historical Statistics of the U.S. Her work also appears in numerous business/practitioner reports published by The Conference Board, including research projects assessing trends in CEO challenges, top executive compensation, and issues surrounding workforce demographics, productivity, and wellness. She is co-author of Employment and Work: Key Issues and Future Directions-The SAGE Reference Series on Disability. She is also editor and contributing author to The Other Side of the Frontier: Economic Explorations into Native American Economic History. Barrington has received underwriting for her research from various sources, including the Atlantic Philanthropies, Rockefeller Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and most recently the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Barrington has presented expert opinion related to gender pay gaps to state-level policy panels. She has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, as well as CNBC and Bloomberg, and has been a frequent contributor on economic issues to All Things Considered and Marketplace, in addition to other NPR programming. Barrington comes to the Institute for Compensation Studies from The Conference Board, a global business membership and research organization. There, she held several positions over the past 10 years, including economist, special assistant to the CEO, research director, and most recently Managing Director of Human Capital. Prior to The Conference Board, Barrington was on the economics faculty at Barnard College of Columbia University. While on faculty at Barnard College, she published several articles on gender economics, poverty measurement and economic history. She has also taught at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois.

She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, and a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.