An Arizona Story: Controlling Clip Joints

Jonathan Rose

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.

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Keywords: regulation, competition, occupational licensing

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Date posted: June 26, 2009 ; Last revised: August 11, 2009

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Rose, Jonathan, An Arizona Story: Controlling Clip Joints (1980). Regulation, Vol. 4, 1980. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1426344

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Jonathan Rose (Contact Author)
Arizona State University College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
480-965-6513 (Phone)
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