Morris Kleiner

Professor of Public Affairs and AFL-CIO Chair
public policies on work and pay; role of labor unions in democratic societies; human resource policies and organizational performance

Morris M. Kleiner is a professor at the Humphrey School and the AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy. He also teaches at the University's Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies. He has received many teaching awards including University and School wide ones for classes in public affairs, business, and economics.  He has served as an expert on labor issues to government, labor, nonprofits, and business.

Kleiner’s research interests include the analysis of institutions in the labor market, the influence of labor-management policies on organizations, and the role of labor unions in democratic societies. He has published extensively in the top academic journals in labor economics and industrial relations, and is the author, co-author, or coeditor of eight books. Kleiner is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been a Professor at the University of Kansas, an associate in employment policy with the Brookings Institution, a visiting scholar in the Harvard University economics department, a visiting researcher in the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University, a visiting scholar at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and a visiting professor and research fellow at the London School of Economics. He is currently also serving as a Visiting Scholar in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.  He received a doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois.

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Professor Morris Kleiner is quoted in this article arguing there’s an upside to requiring workers in certain occupations to be licensed.   


June 26, 2017

This columnist refers to research conducted by Humphrey School Professor Morris Kleiner on the proliferation of occupational licensing laws in recent years. 

Orange County Register
April 27, 2017