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.
Interviews and Videos
- "Reforming the Regulation of Professions", European Commission, European Union, Brussels, Belgium, May 18, 2016.
- Podcast of U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary: "License to Compete: Occupational Licensing and the State Action Doctrine", Washington, D.C. February 2, 2016.
- "Reforming Occupational Licensing Policies", Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution, National Press Club, Washington D.C., March 11, 2015.
- Interview and podcast, July 19, 2014.
- "Stages of Occupational Regulation", University of Minnesota Public Lecture, November 21, 2013.
- Relaxing Occupational Licensing Requirements: Analyzing Wages and Prices for a Medical Service with Allison Marier, Kyoung Won Park, and Coady Wing. Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 59, No. 2, May 2016, pp. 261-291.
- Wage Effects of Unionization and Occupational Licensing Coverage in the United States with Maury Gittleman, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, January 2016.
- The Influence on Resale Prices of Labor–Management Disputes in Aircraft Manufacturing with Li Ding, Jonathan Leonard, and Adam Pilarski, Proceedings of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, August 2014, pp. 53-57.
- Analyzing the Extent and Influence of Occupational Licensing on the Labor Market,with Alan B. Krueger, Journal of Labor Economics, April 2013, Vol 31, No. 2. pp. S-173- S202.
- Organizational and Individual Learning and Forgetting, with Nickelsburg, Jerry; and Pilarski, Adam (2012), Industrial & Labor Relations Review, January, Vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 68-81.
- Can A Workplace Have An Attitude Problem? Workplace Effects on Employee Attitudes and Organizational Performance with Ann Bartel, Richard B. Freeman, and Casey Ichniowski, in Labour Economics, 2011, VOL.18(2011), PP. 411-423.
- Adoption and Termination of Employee Involvement Programs with Wei Chi and Richard B. Freeman, Labour, Vol. 25 No. 1. 2011, pp. 45-62. 2011.
- The Regulation of Occupations with Alex Bryson, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol.48, No. 4 December 2010.
- The Prevalence and Effects of Occupational Licensing with Alan B. Krueger, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol.48:No. 4 December 2010.
- Do Industrial Relations Institutions Influence Foreign Direct Investment? Evidence from OECD Nations with Hwikwon Ham, Industrial Relations, Vol. 46, No. 2, April 2007.
- Governing the Global Workplace with Mario F. Bognanno and John W. Budd, Industrial Relations, Vol. 46, No. 2, April 2007.
- The Last American Shoe Manufacturers: Decreasing Productivity and Increasing Profits in the Shift From Piece Rates to Continuous Flow Production with Richard B. Freeman, Industrial Relations, Vol. 44, No., April 2005, pp. 307-330.
- How Industrial Relations Affect Plant Performance: The Case of Commercial Aircraft Manufacturing with J. Leonard and A. Pilarski, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 55, No. 2, January 2002, pp. 195-218.
- Intensity of Management Resistance: Understanding the Decline of Unionization in the Private Sector, Journal of Labor Research, Vol 22, No. 3, Summer 2001, pp. 519- 540.
- Occupational Licensing, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 14, No.4, November, 2000, pp. 189-202.
- Does Regulation Affect Economic Outcomes? The Case of Dentistry, with R. Kudrle, Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 63, No. 2, October 2000, pp. 547-582.
- Who Benefits Most From Employee Involvement: Firms or Workers?, with R. B. Freeman, American Economic Review, Vol. 90 No. 2, May 2000, pp. 219-223.
In The Media
A recent report from polling company Gallup says anticompetitive and wasteful practices by teachers’ and doctors’ associations, universities and local governments may be damaging U.S. productivity. Humphrey School professor Morris Kleiner is quoted.
Occupational licenses are required by state and local governments for many jobs, such as barbers, shoe-shiners and interior designers. This column, which refers to research by Professor Morris Kleiner, argues these licensing requirements hurt those at the bottom of the economic ladder the most.