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: October 10, 2019
The Guardian exclusively reports that as US job market tightens Bechtel senior vice-president appeared to urge companies not to compete on salaries, arousing ‘real wage-fixing concerns. Open Markets Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan tells The Guardian: “This type of activity is collusive or a prelude to collusion. At a minimum, the remarks should be treated as inviting rivals not to compete for workers.”Continue Reading