Morris and Sally Kleiner Labor Economics Prize

KleinerDr. Morris Kleiner and Sally Kleiner created the “Morris and Sally Kleiner Labor Economics Prize” to reward PhD students for their scholarship in labor economics. This year, 2018, will be the first time the award is given.

Dr. Morris Kleiner earned his MA and PHD from the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On August 29, 2016, he gave a seminar to economics students at the University of Illinois on his paper, “Analyzing the Influence of Occupational Licensing Duration on Labor Market Outcomes.”  This work is just one of his many others. Some of his recent writings include “Analyzing the Labor Market Outcomes of Occupational Licensing” and “Analyzing Occupational Licensing among the States.” He has also written or helped write a total of eight books, one of which is Guild-ridden Labor Markets: The Curious Case of Occupational Licensing.

While working at the US Department of Labor in 1976, Dr. Kleiner started researching occupational licensing. His work has been upheld by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He has advised the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, state legislatures, and occupation associations on occupation regulation policy. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and a visiting researcher in the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. He has worked as a professor at the University of Kansas, an associate in employment policy at the Brookings Institution, 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.

Currently, he is with the University of Minnesota where he is a professor and the AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He also has classes at the university's Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies. Further, he holds a position as a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a visiting scholar for the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Overall, Dr. Kleiner is a widely renowned and respected scholar.

 Year Award Recipient

Juan Munoz Morales

Juan’s current research investigates how trade liberalization affects women and men differently in the labor market. In his previous research, published in the Journal of Development Economics, Juan shows that the perceived “Math gender gap” in Columbia can be largely explained by sample bias:  Low performing male students tend to drop out of school, while lower performing female students remain, thus lowering the average test scores of female student.

 Year Award Recipient

Andrea Atencio-De-Leon

Andrea’s current research investigates the impact of outsourcing on the labor market. Specifically, her research links outsourcing to a decrease of hiring, firing, and worker reallocation in the U.S. labor market.  In previous research, Andrea has investigated the gender wage gap using data from Armenia and Colombia.