Got a License to Work?
In a recent report and video, the Institute
for Justice gives an excellent summary of how government licensing
requirements to enter occupations like interior design, massage therapy, or
shampooing are raising time and cost barriers to people who just want to
In this video IJ research director Dick Carpenter shares the
results of a study of 102 low to middle income jobs (i.e. not doctors and
lawyers) that impose on average require would-be workers to: (1) pay
$209 in fees, (2) pass an exam, and (3) endure 275 days of training, or the
equivalent of about 9 months. All this before earning a paycheck!
IJ also notes that burdensome licensing requirements have not been shown to
protect public health and safety. Rather, they increase costs to consumers and
keep would-be competitors out of legally protected (i.e. licensed) industries.