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Institute for Justice: License to Work, 2nd edition (2017)

November 3, 2017
By Dick M. Carpenter II, Lisa Knepper, Kyle Sweetland, and Jennifer McDonald

A National Study of Burdens from Licensing

This second edition of License to Work examines both the scope and the specific burdens of occupational licensing, documenting licensing requirements for 102 lower-income occupations across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It finds that these barriers to entry can pose substantial difficulties for job seekers and would-be entrepreneurs.