by Alicia Plemmons
Posted July 18, 2019 In Scholar Commentary

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One out of four people today requires a government license to earn an honest living. In 1950, that number was only one out of 20.

Occupational licensing — regulations that require training and state-issued certification to practice certain trades — has seen massive growth in recent decades. While there’s certainly a role for government licensing — especially for high-risk and life-saving occupations — more and more research suggests that licensing rules are overextended…

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