Dr. 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.
Yuci Chen’s current research focuses on investigating firm’s response to exogenous wage changes, in particular, she is interested in understanding to what extent do firms substitute between capital and labor.