Occupational Licensing in Alabama

Labour & Industry, 27(2) 2017: 77-94.

29 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2016 Last revised: 16 May 2019

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Daniel J. Smith

Middle Tennessee State University - Department of Economics and Finance

Date Written: August 19, 2016


While often advanced as a means to protect consumers, occupational licensing is increasingly being recognized as a barrier to entry that benefits the licensed industry to the detriment of consumers. Furthermore, it often restricts economic mobility, especially among minority groups. Given that occupational licensing is primarily carried out at the state level, state-specific analyses are required to understand the extent and impact of occupational licensing, as well as to inform national and state reform discussions. This paper provides an in-depth analyses of occupational licensing in Alabama and offers recommendations for reform.

Keywords: Occupational Licensing, Alabama, Labor Policy, Regional Economics

JEL Classification: J44; R23

Suggested Citation

Smith, Daniel J., Occupational Licensing in Alabama (August 19, 2016). Labour & Industry, 27(2) 2017: 77-94. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2826658 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2826658

Daniel J. Smith (Contact Author)

Middle Tennessee State University - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

MTSU Box 190
1301 E. Main St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001
United States

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