To gsm33 (I saw a post addressed to me on the oxford thread, but since it deals with Cornell, I am just going to address it here )
The alumni page you are referring to is incomplete. They are missing information for a bunch of their students, which makes the data very noisy. When I asked if blanks next to student names mean they did not get placed initially, they said it's a lack of data issue, and it does not mean non-placement. So I am kind of skeptical about the Alumni page being a good representation of their placements.err... sorry if i missing the point, but rvalchev, is this info not detailed enough for your purposes: <http://www.arts.cornell.edu/econ/graduate/alums.pdf> and <http://www.arts.cornell.edu/econ/graduate/placement2008.pdf>?
That said 2008 placement is not stellar, and I also got their 2009 placement, where the top is U of Toronto (not stellar, but okay). I understand 2009 is a poor year in general and I would not expect anybody to be doing good, but I am just saying.