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.
Date Published: February 5, 2020
Medium’s Steve LeVine discusses what the FTC decision to sue to stop Edgewell from buying Harry’s means for the future of mergers. He notes that the FTC is making this move after four decades of passivity regarding anti-trust enforcement. Open Markets Legal Director, Sandeep Vaheesan, responds “[h]opefully this is the start of a revival of merger law” and that “the razor market is a good example of how concentration is found in unexciting, mundane parts of the economy, too.”Continue Reading