Occupational Regulation and Foreign Qualification Recognition: An Overview

Canadian Public Policy, Supplement 1, Vol. 41, 2015

Posted: 9 May 2016

See all articles by Arthur Sweetman

Arthur Sweetman

McMaster University - Department of Economics; McMaster University - Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

James Ted McDonald

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton - Department of Economics

Lesleyanne Hawthorne

University of Melbourne

Date Written: August 9, 2015

Abstract

The theory and practice of occupational regulation are outlined together with associated issues regarding foreign qualification recognition. Trade-offs between public safety and the monopoly power inherent in occupational regulation are highlighted, together with a description of the increasing scope of occupational regulation both in terms of the numbers of occupations coming under regulation from government and the share of workers subject to those regulations. The focus is on the implications of occupational regulation for highly skilled immigrants seeking employment in the occupation in which they hold a relevant academic credential. For countries outside of the United States, it is striking how little quantitative research has been conducted in this area. A better understanding is crucial, since policies on and approaches to occupational regulation are evolving rapidly, in part because of the increasing scale of skilled migration.

Keywords: Labor Policy, Labor Market, Self Regulation, Government Regulation, Foreign Workers, Canada, Immigrants, Canada, Employment

Suggested Citation

Sweetman, Arthur and McDonald, James Ted and Hawthorne, Lesleyanne, Occupational Regulation and Foreign Qualification Recognition: An Overview (August 9, 2015). Canadian Public Policy, Supplement 1, Vol. 41, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2777377

Arthur Sweetman

McMaster University - Department of Economics ( email )

1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4
Canada

McMaster University - Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) ( email )

1280 Main St. W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4
Canada

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

James Ted McDonald

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton - Department of Economics ( email )

Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5A6
Canada
506-447-3210 (Phone)
506-453-4514 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.unb.ca/ph/

Lesleyanne Hawthorne (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, 3053
Australia

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