COVID-19 and Labor Market Impacts

In this Summer Seminar, Professor Morris Kleiner and 2020 Master of Public Policy graduate Nick Stumo-Langer will seek to dissect the following questions surrounding COVID-19 and the labor market:

  • What impact did public policies responding to the health crisis to mandate business closures have on the labor market, including unemployment and wage changes by sectors in the economy?
  • How did the government impact the health care sector by relaxing occupational licensing policies?
  • What are the implications for a potential recovery, and what will be the income distribution effects?

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Morris M. Kleiner is professor and AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He also teaches at the University's Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies. He has received many teaching awards including University and schoolwide 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 co-editor of eight books.

Nick Stumo-Langer is a 2020 Master of Public Policy graduate who studied inequality and public policy in his time at the Humphrey School. He also completed a professional paper on the topic of non-compete agreements and their labor market impacts, entitled "Formerly Employed Need Not Apply: An Analysis of the Ubiquity of Non-Compete Agreements, their Impacts on Workers, & Policy Solutions." He is currently employed as an Early Vote Center Supervisor for the City of Minneapolis's Elections and Voter Services for the 2020 election cycle.

Headshots of Morris Kleiner and Nick Stumo-Langer
August 6, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM