News and Commentary
In Reason Eric Boehm discusses the Restoring Board Immunity Act, which would reshape the antitrust liability shields occupational licensing boards face provided state governments increase scrutiny or change laws to increase the burden licensing boards must meet in court.
In Axios, Stef W. Knight examines difficulties associated with prisoner reentry following release, citing the difficulty in obtaining a license as one hurdle.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has released its annual report on licensing in Illinois. One of the findings was that criminal history presented no clear barrier to licensure in the state–of 99,000 license applications only 1,100 applicants had a criminal record. Of them, only 42 were denied because of their previous convictions.
A paper from Suyoun Han and Morris Kleiner examines the effects of “grandfathering” provisions for licensing regulations–where workers in previously unlicensed professions are grandfathered in for licensing requirements. They find a positive effect of wages for licensed professions, and found that licensing increased the wages of grandfathered workers by 5%.