Our Guild-Ridden Labor Market: The Curious Case of Occupational Licensing

Issues and Ideas Forum

Occupational licensing has had a curious and unusual history both in the U.S. and other nations. During some periods it was virtually nonexistent, but now in the U.S., it is growing rapidly and has developed into a stealth form of regulation. Dr. Morris Kleiner, a nationally recognized expert on occupational licensure, will address this issue and provide answers to why some occupations became heavily regulated and others did not. In addition, he’ll outline the economic effects of occupational licensing on mobility, wage determination, prices and the quality of services delivered.

The program starts at noon.

Morris KleinerMorris M. Kleiner is a Professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. He also teaches at the University's Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies. He is currently a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. His analysis of occupational licensing has been supported by  the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the Kauffman Foundation. He has published extensively on issues of occupational regulation, and has presented his work on this topic at several universities in Europe, Australia, and the United States. In addition, Professor Kleiner has provided advice on occupation regulation policy to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, Council of Economic Advisers, state legislatures, and occupation associations. Kleiner has published editorials for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and is frequently asked for comments on labor issues by the national press. He also has been on National Public Radio's "The Takeaway" and his work has been featured on CNN. He received a doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois.

Lunch is free and is included with reservations.

WHEN: Thurs. Dec. 4 at noon — registration begins at 11:30 a.m.
Program runs from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
Room: Capitol II
111 N. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

Register for this event.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Event Manager Kimberley Fischer-Kinne at 989-698-1905 or events@mackinac.org.

Registration deadline is Mon., Dec. 1 at 12:00 Noon.

Please note: We are unable to guarantee lunch for any guest if the registration is received after the deadline.


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