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: May 13, 2019
The New York Times speaks with Open Markets Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Apple v. Pepper and what it means for consumers. “What Apple has done since the launch of the iPhone is tell all iPhone owners and iPhone app developers that if they want to buy and sell apps, they have to go through the App Store,” Vaheesan said. “So Apple has set up this app store as a bottleneck where everyone in the iPhone ecosystem must transact.”Continue Reading