This Week in Occupational Licensing, September 18th

This Week in Occupational Licensing, September 18th

News and Commentary

Arizona just legalized blow-drying, shampooing, and styling hair without a license.  While this does not fully eliminate the state’s cosmetology license.  It will mean that make-up artists and other beauty professionals will be able to offer hair care services without undergoing 1,600 hours of training.

In Iowa, the cost of a cosmetology degree ranges from $20,000 to over $30,000 according to the Des Moines Register.

In recent years, major figures from both political parties and many ideological perspectives have come out in favor of licensure reform.

Military spouses are often hurt the worst by occupational licensing. They are forced to move between states and are prone to work in licensed professions.  Since state’s do not usually recognize each other’s licenses, these moves can require relicensing and posing serious barriers to their career advancement.

Fortunately, Arizona, Montana, and Pennsylvania have all moved to recognize out of state licenses.

To address the state’s shortage of nurses, the Missouri State Board of Nursing has now eliminated exam fees.  These fees were all $200 or less, so don’t get too excited.


New Research

A paper from the NBER finds that a doctor’s quality and availability can make big differences in patient’s health outcomes.   If doctors moving to other regions or leaving the Medicaid program can have measurable effects, a shortage of doctors in some communities likely also leave a mark.

New research documents a long-term shift of child healthcare moving away from family physicians and toward pediatricians.  Family care’s broad scope of practice means that this shift could shrink the supply of available procedures.

Occupational licensing regimes often single out immigrants for exclusion.  Here are the easy fixes.

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