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Effects of Occupational Licensure on Competition, Consumers, etc

Federal Trade Commission
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On November 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission’s Economic Liberty Task Force will host a roundtable to examine empirical evidence on the effects of occupational licensure.

Licensing restrictions – typically embodied in state statutory law, regulations, and administration – define the occupation’s metes and bounds or “scope of practice” and establish conditions for entry into an occupation. Although licensing can confer certain consumer benefits, licensing requirements also impose costs on anyone who wants to enter or continue an occupation.

State-by-state licensing rules can be especially costly to workers who seek to move to another state or to offer services across state lines. These costs, in turn, can increase prices and reduce output, access, quality, and choice for consumers of services and goods offered by licensed occupations. Disadvantaged consumers or particular classes of workers may be particularly affected. For example, restrictions on license portability across state lines may be especially burdensome for the families of military service members who move frequently, as military spouses often work in licensed occupations.

The roundtable will be held at the Constitution Center, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. The roundtable is FREE and open to the PUBLIC. Pre-registration is not required to attend this event, but is strongly encouraged.

Learn more: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events-calendar/2017/11/effects-occupational-licensure-competition-consumers-workforce