Obama-era technocrats and Trump cronies may not agree on much, but they have made common cause against occupational licensing. That focus undermines important social objectives while obscuring far more important problems in the labor market. In this post, we cover the basics of licensing, and then reframe current attacks on it. In our next post, we will explain why licensing’s mix of consumer protection and labor market stabilization is a legitimate policy option for a wide range of occupations.
Labor & Economic Freedom
Workers are the backbone of the American economy. But the growth of monopolies intensifies income inequality, suppresses wages, and erodes the political and economic well-being of workers.
In Wake of Rare Pro-Worker Supreme Court Ruling on Mandatory Arbitration, Open Markets Calls on Congress to Restore Strong Private Rights of Action for Workers, Consumers, and Businesses
January 18, 2019 | by Open Markets
Open Markets Signs on to Letter Opposing NLRB Change in Joint Employer Rule
January 14, 2019 | by Open Markets
The Uneasy Case Against Occupational Licensing (Part 2)
December 6, 2018 | by Sandeep Vaheesan
Date Published: November 19, 2018
Since the 1970s, the US has seen a growing power imbalance between workers and employers. This story was not inevitable, but the product of conscious legal and political choices.Continue Reading
Date Published: October 4, 2018
Jeff Bezos runs a powerful monopoly that causes him to exert huge power and control. We shouldn’t be praising him but tackling his powerContinue Reading
Date Published: July 16, 2018
Matt Stoller explains the truth behind Amazon’s fabricated holiday.Continue Reading
Date Published: July 15, 2018
A majority of citizens believe something is deeply wrong with America. We see the evidence in economic inequality that is greater than ever. We see it in the fantastic dysfunction in our political system, and in shocking outbreaks of racism and tribalism. We see it in figures that detail soaring levels of addiction to opioids and alcohol, and in life spans that for the first time in our nation’s history are falling for large segments of the population.’ The big question is what’s going on? Because today’s crisis does not fit easily into the outlines of any of the economic or political crises of recent decades.Continue Reading
Date Published: June 29, 2018
Sandeep explains how antitrust laws are being used an anti-worker tool.Continue Reading
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