An article by
Dr. Edward Timmons, associate professor of economics and director of the
Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR), was published by the
Harvard Business Review. The article, entitled
"More and More Jobs Today Require a License. That's Good For Some Workers, But Not Always For Consumers", highlights the findings of a research article co-authored by Dr. Timmons on the effects of optician licensing that was published by
Eastern Economic Journal.
The article gives some background on growth in occupational licensing, as well as some recommendations for policy.
"Occupational licensing is the most stringent type of occupational regulation as it prevents individuals from working in a profession without meeting government mandated entry requirements," Timmons says. "The percentage of workers directly affected by occupational licensing continues to grow. A careful consideration of the costs and benefits of occupational licensing is warranted."
Established in 2016, The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) is an academic research center within the
Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University. Located on the 3rd floor of the newly renovated
Schwab Hall, the center offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity. Student fellows conduct, analyze, and present research that will go towards developing a national database of occupational regulation focusing on healthcare occupations. Students also have potential opportunities to travel and share their findings at national conferences.
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