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Cornell experts on coronavirus - Impact on the economy and industries

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Rebecca Valli

If you are interested in other angles to this story, please find a list of experts who can discuss the pandemic's impact on society and communication, as well as a list of faculty on the science and public health aspects of this crisis.


Alexander Colvin

Alexander Colvin

Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution

Alexander Colvin, dean of Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations comments on the impact of the coronavirus on workers and organizations in the global economy. He discusses the topic with New York Times economics reporter Eduardo Porter in a recent episode of the "WORK!" podcast.

Louis Hyman

Louis Hyman

Associate Professor

Louis Hyman is a historian of work and business at the ILR School of Cornell University. He has published two books on the history of personal debt (Debtor Nation and Borrow) and one on the history of the rise of consultants, temps, freelancers, and day laborers in our businesses (Temp). Hyman can comment on the impact of Covid-19 on personal debt, the gig economy and care work. 

Associate Professor of Economics at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Aija Leiponen

Professor of Economics at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Aija Leiponen, professor of applied economics and an expert in the telecommunication industry, says American's shift to remote work in response to COVID-19 will increase demand for digital technology, opening the door for innovation and a market boom.

Daniel Alpert

Senior Fellow in Financial Macroeconomics, Law School

Daniel Alpert is senior fellow in financial macroeconomics and an adjunct professor of law. Alpert says that many Americans who have been forced into low quality jobs over the last few decades are especially vulnerable to the economic distress caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Such heightened economic vulnerability, he says, screams out for far greater government involvement and proactivity.

Visiting senior scholar at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Erica Groshen

Visiting senior scholar at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Erica Groshen is senior extension faculty member at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, From 2013 to 2017, she served as the 14th Commissioner of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Groshen, who also served as Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has written extensively on how economies can recover from recessions.

Sheryl Kimes

Professor of operations management at the School of Hotel Administration

Sheryl Kimes, professor of operations management at the School of Hotel Administration, is conducting a survey on how hotels around the world are responding to the coronavirus emergency. She says that hotel operators have some rough times to go through for the next few months. Given that the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the world, it's no longer just a problem of the Chinese not traveling anymore. 

Nicolas Ziebarth

Nicolas Ziebarth

Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Management

Nicholas Ziebarth, professor of policy analysis and management, studies the interaction of social insurance systems with labor markets and population health. His recent work explores the impact of paid sick leave on broader societal welfare. The rapid spread of the coronavirus, he says, underscores the benefits of emergency paid sick leave policies. 

Angela Cornell

Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Labor Law Clinic

Angela Cornell is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Labor Law Clinic at the Cornell Law School. She can address the dynamics of labor and industrial relations, workplace rights and liabilities in a pandemic. She has discussed related issues for the Wall Street Journal.

Andrew Novakovic

Andrew Novakovic

Professor of Agricultural Economics

Agricultural economist Andrew Novakovic can address aspects related to food availability given the current COVID-19 pandemic, including agricultural production, food processing, and transportation systems.

Kathy Bergin

Adjunct Professor of Law

Kathy Bergin, adjunct professor of law at the Cornell Law School, is an expert in disaster law and legal protections for the displaced. She says that while containment is important for slowing the outbreak, local governments need to find ways to identify and protect those who rely on social services like public school, day-care and community centers as safe-havens from abuse. 

Miguel Gómez

Miguel Gómez

Associate Professor

Miguel Gómez, professor of applied economics and management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is able to address the grocery supply chain in regards to food availability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dana Radcliffe

Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics

Dana Radcliffe, senior lecturer in business ethics at Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business, studies ethical issues in business, politics, and public policy. He says that in times of civil emergency, such as a pandemic, those who jack up prices to maximize profits are exploiting their fellow citizens. 

Mary Jo Dudley

Mary Jo Dudley

Director of the Cornell Farmworkers Program

Mary Jo Dudley is the Director of the Cornell Farmworker Program and a faculty member of the Department of Development Sociology. She can address pressures that COVID-19 is putting on farmworkers and agriculture production.

Kevin Kniffin

Kevin Kniffin

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

Kevin Kniffin, assistant professor of management and organizations in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, can speak about the impact that coronavirus is having on the sports industry.

Paul Davis

assistant professor of human resources at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Assistant professor of human resources, Paul Davis, studies the consequences of layoffs for individual attitudes and behaviors, both among the departing employees and among those who remain with the organization, and on the consequences of employee separations for organizational performance outcomes. He says that at times of economic downturn - such as the one caused by the coronavirus pandemic - companies can utilize temporary furloughs, reduced hours and cuts to pay rates to avoid the trauma of mass layoffs. 

Richard Stup

Richard Stup

Agricultural Workforce Specialist

Richard Stup is an agricultural workforce specialist who works to addresses challenges facing the agricultural industry. He can talk about the impact of COVID-19 for farmworkers and how to prevent the spread of coronavirus on farms. 

Kim Weeden

Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Professor of the Social Sciences, Director of the Center for the Study of Inequality

Kim Weeden, director of the Center for the Study of Inequality at the College of Arts and Sciences, studies inequality in advanced industrial societies and how it is changing over time. She warns against the belief that rural areas will not be hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Lower density may slow the spread of the virus, she says, but the scarcity of health and other services makes rural America equally at risk.

Elena Belavina

Associate professor of applied economics

Elena Belavina, associate professor of applied economics at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, studies grocery retail and supply chains. She says that there are three potential effects of Covid-19 on grocery supply chains: effects to imported goods, transportation issues within the U.S. and the issue of panic-buying. 

Robert Kwortnik

Associate professor of marketing and management communication

Leisure cruises have found themselves in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak. Robert Kwortnik, associate professor at Cornell University’s Hotel School, studies tourism and hospitality with a focus on the leisure cruise industry. He says that the industry is already feeling the economic impacts from the coronavirus crisis and adds that 2020 may be the most difficult year for leisure cruises in decades.

senior research associate at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Ian Greer

senior research associate at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Ian Greer is a senior research associate at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations where he teaches a course called “The Fight Against Unemployment: Policy and Advocacy.” Greer says that shared work programs, such as the ones championed by Germany during times of economic downturn, may be a way to avoid mass unemployment.   

Will Cong

Associate Professor of Finance

Will Cong, associate professor of finance at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, can speak about the impact that the virus is having on financial markets across the globe. 

professor of history at Cornell University

Lawrence Glickman

professor of history at Cornell University

Larry Glickman, professor of history, is an expert on consumerism in the United States and recently authored the book “Free Enterprise: An American History.” He says the sudden interest in direct payments as part of a coronavirus economic relief package signals a shift from conservative to liberal ideas.

Thomas Jungbauer

Assistant professor of strategy and business economics

Thomas Jungbauer, professor of strategy and business economics at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, studies tech firms, entrepreneurship and the economy. He says smartphones can be a serious contributor to the spread of germs, undermining even hand washing, and that the threat of infectious disease outbreaks may force us to rethink our relationship technology — opening up a new landscape for tech innovation.

Steven Carvell

Professor of Finance

Steven Carvell, professor of finance in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, is an expert in corporate finance; financial strategy and investments; and mergers and acquisitions. He is available for interviews about the financial impact of the new coronavirus on the hotel industry.

Mildred Warner, expert in gender dynamics in the work place, is available to discuss gender bias at the office even when people work remotely.  She says while both men and women balance child care and work from home, men are considered special for doing so, and women are considered slackers. 


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