The $200B Job-Creating Opportunity We Can Each Make Happen
A conversation about occupational licensing reform with Dr. Dick Carpenter
Dr. Dick Carpenter will discuss how occupational licensing laws perpetuate the cycle of poverty by guarding entry into hundreds of occupations, including jobs that offer upward mobility to those of modest means, such as cosmetologist, auctioneer, athletic trainer and landscape contractor. Research provides scant evidence that licensing does what it is supposed to do—raise the quality of services and protect consumers. Instead, licensing laws often protect those who already have licenses from competition, keeping newcomers out and prices high.
Dr. Carpenter serves as a director of strategic research for the Institute for Justice. He works with IJ staff and attorneys to define, implement and manage social science research related to the Institute’s mission. As an experienced researcher, Dr. Carpenter has presented and published on a variety of topics ranging from educational policy to the dynamics of presidential elections. His work has appeared in academic journals, such as Economic Development Quarterly, Economic Affairs, The Forum, Fordham Urban Law Journal, International Journal of Ethics, Education and Urban Society, Urban Studies, Regulation and Governance, and magazines, such as Regulation, Phi Delta Kappan and the American School Board Journal. Moreover, the results of his research have been quoted in newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
His research for IJ has resulted in numerous reports the most relevant of which is the License to Work – A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing which is an in-depth study, micro-site and YouTube series.
Before working with IJ, Dick worked as a school teacher and principal, public policy analyst and faculty member at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where he currently serves as a professor. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/UM8ptxf7D-8
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