The supposed purpose for occupational licensing is to ensure safety and quality, but in practice, it protects current members of a profession from competition, while driving up the price of labor and services.
Licensing is often just a way to thwart competition, and occupational licensing laws have a direct impact on economic growth and job creation. More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”
Occupational licensing mandates undermine job creation and income growth, in particular for the least skilled and educated workers.
Occupational licensure requirements result in fewer practitioners, who can demand higher wages, while also stifling new business creation and innovation.
One key factor preventing upward mobility is state and local regulations that make it more expensive and time-consuming for the poor to open new businesses or enter a new profession.
Occupational licensing, the requirement that people pass tests to gain government permission to work, is making it harder for young people to begin their careers. By keeping young people out of certain industries, or by making it prohibitively expensive and time-consuming for them to work, occupational licensing increases costs for all Americans and limit opportunity for those looking to enter the field of their choice.
Occupational licensure laws require people to pay a fee and complete state-approved training before they are legally allowed to practice a trade. The public benefits of these laws have widely been found to be dubious, and Michigan's governor is taking action to address the problem.
Studying the costs and benefits of occupational licensing and its impact on the cost of higher education. As states have tried to fill gaps in their budgets in recent decades, they have turned to collecting increased fees by requiring that more professionals get a license.
Evidence from economics literature suggests occupational licensing has had an important influence on wage determination, benefits, employment and prices in ways that impose net costs on society with little improvement to service quality, health and safety.
Georgia licenses only 33 of the 102 occupations studied here, but it imposes the 18th most burdensome requirements on workers wishing to enter those occupations. On average, these licensing schemes cost Georgians $167 in fees and 324 days spent in training and require them to pass two exams.
Today, more Americans than ever must get a government permission slip before they can earn an honest living, thanks to the spread of occupational licensing laws.
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Due to the increase in requirements for occupational licenses people are finding it harder and harder to start businesses. Since the 1950s the number of people required to have a license to work has gone from 1 in 20 to 1 in 3.
Should you need the government's permission to work? Occupational licensing is becoming increasingly wide spread in America and it is becoming more and more difficult for young people to start a career in the work force.
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