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by Foundation for Economic Education

1. What are the effects of occupational licensing that requires people to “get permission” to work?

2. According to the study, which states are the worst for licensing?

3. Does licensure regulations provide consumers with safer and better products?

EoE: 6.5.C - Should You Need the Government's Permission to Work?

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing is the first national study to measure how burdensome occupational licensing laws are for lower-income workers and aspiring entrepreneurs. The report documents the license requirements for 102 low- and moderate-income occupations—such as barber, massage therapist and preschool teacher—across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It finds that occupational licensing is not only widespread, but also overly burdensome and frequently irrational. This video is included as part of a 40-lesson course on the Economics of Entrepreneurship available now for teachers and students at no charge at

from Should You Need the Government's Permission to Work? (2016)
Creator: Institute for Justice
Posted by Foundation for Economic Education