Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Occupational Licensing: Scant Treatment in Labor Texts

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Abstract

We review the literature on occupational licensing and its importance as a labor market institution. We examine five labor economics texts and find that their coverage of occupational licensing is either scant or nonexistent. We speculate on why textbooks fail to treat the topic adequately.

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Pages
181-194
Published
JEL classification
J44, A2, A22
Keywords
Occupational licensing, labor economics, textbooks, barriers to entry
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