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Humphrey School's Morris Kleiner Speaks at Federal Trade Commission

He discusses effects of occupational licensing on workers and consumers

November 27, 2017—Humphrey School Professor Morris Kleiner, an expert on the influence of occupational licensing on the economy, presented his research to a Federal Trade Commission task force November 7.  

Kleiner, AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has done extensive research on the practice of state and local governments requiring licensing for a growing number of occupations, such as hair braiders, mechanics, locksmiths, and interior designers.

He says those licensing requirements have “tremendous social costs,” with workers being pushed out of professions, and consumers overpaying for services—as much as 15 percent more when an occupation is licensed. 

In 2015, about 25 percent of workers in the United States required a license from the government, and more than 800 occupations are licensed by at least one state, Kleiner found. 

Kleiner presented his research and addressed the effects of occupational licensure on consumers and the workforce during a roundtable discussion before the FTC’s Economic Liberty Task Force.  

From the FTC: Watch a video of the discussion

(Kleiner's presentation begins at about the 17-minute mark)

From Civios: Listen to a podcast by Professor Kleiner on the influence of occupational licensing and regulation 

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