You Have A License For That Job?

Andrew Sullivan —  May 10 2012 @ 8:12pm

A new report (pdf) makes the case against occupational licenses. Adam Ozimek summarizes key points:

Defenders of licensing regularly point to safety concerns, but for a large proportion of the occupations that are licensed somewhere, there are other states where they are not licensed, and in these states we do not witness of epidemic of wildly untrained barbers accidently cutting off ears, for example.  In addition, some jobs that clearly do involve safety often require vastly less training than others where the argument is much more tenuous. For instance, cosmologists on average require 372 days of training, while EMTs only require 33.