Occupational Regulation & Licensing

A growing number of occupations are regulated by government at the local, state, or national levels.

The intent of this regulation—whether licensing, certification, or registration—is to ensure quality of services and to protect the public. However, research by Morris Kleiner indicates that  licensing occupations does little to influence the overall quality of services rendered, but it does increase the wages, benefits, and employment opportunities of those who attain licenses.

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Guild-Ridden Labor Markets: The Curious Case of Occupational Licensing