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Jonathan S. Leonard  - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Jonathan S. Leonard Jonathan S. Leonard

Professor | George Quist Chair in Business Ethics | Distinguished Teaching Fellow | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley



Areas of Expertise (4)

Employee Incentives

Affirmative Action

Job Creation

Workplace Regulation


Jonathan S. Leonard holds the George Quist Chair in Business Ethics at Berkeley Haas and teaches strategy and microeconomics, as well as the popular elective “Strategy, Structure, and Incentives.” As an applied micro-economist, his research focuses on labor market regulation, job turnover and incentives.

Education (3)

Harvard University: PhD, Economics

Harvard University: AM, Economics

Harvard College: AB, Economics

Honors & Awards (8)

Ulrich and Lake Award for Excellence in Human Resource Management Scholarship


Russell Sage Foundation Grant


Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Evening MBA Program


Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Full-Time MBA Program


Olin Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research


Regents’ Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of California


Stouffer Fellowship at the Harvard-M.I.T. Joint Center for Urban Studies


Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Evening MBA Program


Selected External Service & Affiliations (12)

  • Congressional Testimony on Affirmative Action
  • Consultant to US Department of Labor, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Swiss National Fund, US Department of Labor, Glass Ceiling Commission, OECD, Employment and Immigration, Canada, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung Berlin, US Department of Labor Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency, Expert Panel on Technology and Employment, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Steering Committee, US House Committee on Education and Labor Affirmative Action Study Project, National Academy of Sciences, Panel on Technology and Employment, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, US Department of Education, Panel on US Disability Policy, US Commission on Civil Rights.
  • 2011 – 2012, Chair, Haas Part-Time and Executive MBA Programs Committee
  • 2010 – 2011, Member, Berkeley Academic Senate Divisional Council
  • 2010 – 2011, Chair, Berkeley Academic Senate Committee on Committees
  • 2005 – 2006, Berkeley Undergraduate Outcomes Task Force
  • 2003 – 2007, Berkeley Academic Senate Committee on Admissions, Enrollment, and Preparatory Education
  • 2002-2003, Chair, Haas Policy and Planning Committee
  • 2001-2003, Chancellor’s Staff Infrastructure Steering Committee
  • 2000-2001, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Staff Compensation
  • 1996 – 2004, Center for Organization and Human Resource Effectiveness
  • 1998-1999, Chair, Haas MBA Committee

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 1982

2004 – present, George Quist Chair in Business Ethics, Haas School of Business 2002, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Haas School of Business 2002 – 2004, Thomas J. Fitzmyers and Barclay Simpson Distinguished Professor of Corporate Responsibility 1999 – 2008, Chair, Economic Analysis and Policy Group, Haas School of Business 1991 – present, Professor, Haas School of Business 1989 – 1991, Harold Furst Associate Professor of Management Philosophy and Values 1989, Senior Economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers, Washington, DC

Selected Papers & Publications (13)

Fairness and Frictions: The Impact of Unequal Raises on Quit Behavior

American Economic Review

Arindrajit Dube, Laura Giuliano, Jonathan Leonard

February 2019

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The Cost of Upstream Strikes

Proceedings of the Labor and Employment Relations Association

Jonathan S. Leonard


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The Influence on Resale Prices of Labor Management Disputes in Aircraft Manufacturing

Proceedings of the Labor and Employment Relations Association

J. Leonard, L. Ding, M. Kleiner, and A. Pilarski


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Racial Bias in the Manager-Employee Relationship An Analysis of Quits, Dismissals, and Promotions at a Large Retail Firm

Journal of Human Resources

Laura Giuliano, David I. Levine, and Jonathan S. Leonard


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Customer Discrimination

The Review of Economics and Statistics

Jonathan S. Leonard, David I. Levine, and Laura Giuliano


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Manager Race and the Race of New Hires

Journal of Labor Economics

J. Leonard, L. Giuliano, and D. Levine)


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Welfare Reform, Time Limits, and Infant Health

Journal of Health Economics

J. Leonard and A. Mas


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The Effect of Diversity on Turnover: A Large Case Study

Industrial and Labor Relations Review

J, Leonard and D. Levine


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The Effects of Diversity on Business Performance: Report of the Diversity Research Network

Human Resource Management

Thomas Kochan, Katerina Bezrukova, Robin Ely, Susan Jackson, Aparna Joshi, Karen Jehn, Jonathan Leonard, David Levine, and David Thomas


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How Industrial Relations Affects Plant Performance: The Case of Commercial Aircraft Manufacturing

ILR Review

Morris M. Kleiner, Jonathan S. Leonard and Adam M. Pilarski


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Compensation Policies and Firm Productivity

The Creation and Analysis of Employer-Employee Matched Data

J. Leonard, M. Van Audenrode, and B. Mulkay


Corporatism Run Amok: Job Stability and Industrial Policy in Belgium and the United States

Economic Policy

J. Leonard and M. Van Audenrode


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Executive Pay and Firm Performance

Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Jonathan S. Leonard


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Teaching (3)


MBA 299

Strategy, Structure, and Incentives

MBA 210

Economics for Business Decision Making