6 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2008 Last revised: 21 Aug 2008
Business interests sometimes use titling laws - laws establishing who can use professional titles - as a form of occupational regulation to restrict entry. Such laws allow practitioners to provide services without a license, but deny them the ability to communicate openly to the public about those services. Because legislators typically see titling laws as less restrictive than licensure, industry leaders pursue them as an initial and more acceptable form of regulation. Once the laws are in place, insiders then seek to transform them into full licensure, which provides an even stronger barrier to entry.
Keywords: Licensing, regulation, title acts, titling laws, interior design, first amendment, free speech, entrepreneurial rights, licensure, cartels
JEL Classification: D4, D42, D45, H00, H1, J2, J23, J28, J4, J44, K2, K23, L8, L84
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Carpenter, Dick M. and Ross, John K., Designing Cartels Through Censorship. Regulation, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 14-18, Summer 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1222733