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Anastasia Boden: Do Occupational Licensing Laws Protect Consumers or Producers?

December 18, 2017

Occupational licensing, meant to ensure quality within certain industries, is being used to stifle competition rather than protect consumer’s interests.

Anastasia Boden, attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Economic Liberty Project, joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about oppressive licensing laws.  Occupational Licensing is sold as quality control to the public, but numerous industries attempt to utilize licensing as a tool to prevent innovations arising in their industry.  Taxi cabs have used licensing to push out Uber, hotels have used licensing to push out Airbnb, and dog walkers have used licensing to push out Wag!

As an attorney, Boden represents entrepreneurs and small businesses who find themselves in bureaucratic nightmares due to occupational licensing laws.  Boden views the practice as one that raises prices, prevents innovations, and guarantees little in terms of quality.  Simply put, occupational licensing laws are damaging the industries they’re meant to protect.

Jim Lakely is the director of communications and the primary media contact at The Heartland Institute. @jlakely