Occupational Licensing, Antitrust, and Innovation
August 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
Crowell & Moring
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Every state has laws or regulations that require individuals seeking to offer a certain service to the public first to obtain approval from the state before they may operate in the state. Recent years have seen a significant proliferation of such laws, with less than 5% of jobs in the American economy requiring a license in the 1950’s to between 25-30% today. Although licensing in some occupations may benefit the public by reducing information asymmetry and/or ensuring a minimum quality level for a particular service, the significant growth in the number of occupations governed by some form of licensing requirements poses a potential threat to competition and consumer welfare. Our panel of experts will discuss these important issues.
Baker Botts LLP
Associate Professor of Law and Director, Program on Economics & Privacy
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Crowell & Moring LLP
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
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