Morris Kleiner Publishes New Book on Occupational Licensing
September 15, 2022

Professor Morris Kleiner is co-editor of a new book, Grease or Grit: International Case Studies of Occupational Licensing and Its Effects on Efficiency and Quality, published in September 2022 by Upjohn Press.  

Kleiner and co-editor Maria Koumenta provide a comprehensive approach to whether a dominant governmental institution in the labor market—occupational licensing—greases, which enhances, or on the other hand results in grit, which diminishes the efficient workings of labor and service markets in parts of Europe and the United States.

The detailed case studies in the book indicate that an increase in the availability of service providers or enhanced competition does not have negative effects on the quality of the services provided, prices, or survey measures of consumer satisfaction.