Tag: Occupational licensing

Google Scientist Takes On “Robogeddon” »

The future of work has always been a hotly debated subject. The heat has been turned up recently with advances in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). One view, expressed by Stowe Boyd, lead researcher at GigaOM Research, is that robots will yield a net reduction in jobs for humans, “The central question of 2025...
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Prosperity, Not Soda Taxes, Fosters Good Health »

Berkeley’s soda tax is being trumpeted as a success because a new study finds that purchases of sugary soft drinks fell by 10 percent in the city from March 2015 to February 2016. Of course, soda-tax advocates claim that the penny-per-ounce excise tax, which took effect in 2015, is fully responsible for the drop....
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Should the Feds Regulate Physicians’ Scope of Practice? »

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, economics professor Shirley Svorny of California State University, Northridge, and the Cato Institute argues that Congress should use the power granted by the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause to pre-empt states’ historical power to regulate physicians’ scope of practice: Telemedicine has made exciting advances in recent years. Remote access...
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Obama Supports Worker Freedom? »

Occupational licensing occurs when the state government legislates that a person cannot practice a trade—for example, law, medicine, or hair-braiding—without a license. For years, libertarian and conservative researchers have recognized that occupational licensing increases costs and reduces choices for consumers, and prevents entrepreneurs from entering the market. Now look who’s joined the ranks of...
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Ten States Join Interstate Medical Licensure Compact »

Iowa has become the tenth state to enact the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. This is a great achievement for the medical profession and state sovereignty. For almost a year now, I have been supporting this effort, and I am glad to see it succeeding. Licensure itself is problematic, because it confers monopoly power on...
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Why Occupational Licensing Is Unjust, Unneeded, and Increases Income Inequality »

Employment gives people earned satisfaction and upward mobility. It can be especially fulfilling when a person is employed in their preferred field. But government policies often deprive some people of these benefits by establishing artificial barriers to employment. One such barrier is occupational licensure that prohibits employment in a specific occupation unless a would-be...
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