New national occupational licensing report shows widespread and high barriers to work
Morris Kleiner reports on the increase in occupations that need to meet licensure requirements.
Noted licensure expert Morris Kleiner found that in the 1950s only one in 20 U.S. workers needed government permission to pursue their chosen occupation. Today, it is closer to one in three. Yet research to date provides little evidence that licensing protects public health and safety or improves products and services. Instead, it increases consumer costs and reduces opportunities for workers.