An Arizona Story: Controlling Clip Joints
Arizona State University College of Law
Regulation, Vol. 4, 1980
This article considers the effect of excessive governmental regulation by looking at Arizona’s regulatory scheme for entry into, preparation for, and the practice of barbering, as a case in point. While the licensing of barbers to ensure sanitary conditions in barber shops is well-intentioned, the article suggests Arizona’s scheme has crossed the line from reasonable oversight to regulatory overkill, resulting in restricted entry and creating anticompetitive problems. The article suggests that in a free market, the unscrupulous and inept tend to get shaken out, without governmental paternalism and with minimal distortion in resource allocation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 4
Keywords: regulation, competition, occupational licensing
Date posted: June 26, 2009 ; Last revised: August 11, 2009
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