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: July 8, 2019
Open Markets Institute Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan published an op-ed in The American Prospect blasting the Supreme Court’s decision in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas. He argues that the decision nullifies the 21st Amendment giving states the right to control their alcohol market and paves the way for monopolistic retail corporations such as Amazon and Walmart to overrun the markets for beer, wine, and spirits.Continue Reading