Occupational Licensing

Occupational licensing is the most onerous form of work regulation short of the outright banning of an activity. Licensing requires individuals with special talents, and entrepreneurial motivation to get government’s permission use their talents for the betterment of themselves and their customers. Unfortunately, government’s licensing gatekeepers have incentives to block that permission. This redistributes income and opportunity to higher income individuals, increases the cost of living, limits innovation, and leads to more licensing.

In addition to laying out general principles expanding on the tyranny of occupational licensing, 1889 Institute has published short reviews of specific licensed occupations, evaluating them for the licensing’s appropriateness in our Licensing Directory for Oklahoma.

Lawmakers Assist in Creating Yet Another Licensing Monopoly
Spencer Cadavero
March 3, 2021
Dental Assistant Licensing in Oklahoma
Spencer Cadavero
March 3, 2021
Plumber Licensing: Another Monopoly That Fails the Smell Test
Tyler Williamson
January 6, 2021
Plumber Licensing in Oklahoma
Tyler Williamson
January 6, 2021
Licensing Boards Might Violate Federal Law: Regardless, They Are…
Mike Davis
December 21, 2020
The Inadequacy of Attorney General Oversight as a Guard…
Mike Davis
December 20, 2020
Same Ol’ Story: Blocking Opportunity, Freedom, Prosperity
Byron Schlomach
August 19, 2020
Long-Term Care Admin Licensure in Oklahoma
Luke Tucker
August 19, 2020
Real Estate Agent Licensing in Oklahoma
Mike Davis
August 5, 2020
If Licensing Protects Consumers, Why Are Licensing Laws Blatantly…
Mike Davis
August 5, 2020
Recreation Therapy Licensure in Oklahoma
Luke Tucker
June 17, 2020
Lawmakers Foul Out on Occupational Licensing—Again
Luke Tucker
June 17, 2020
What if Legislators Were Licensed? Well, Just to Make…
Mike Davis
April 15, 2020
Cronyism: Feature, Not a Bug, for Used Car Dealer…
Spencer Cadavero
April 8, 2020
Used Car Dealer Licensing in Oklahoma
Spencer Cadavero
April 8, 2020
Breaking the ABA’s Law School Cartel: A Proposal…
Benjamin Lepak
March 25, 2020
Breaking the ABA’s Law School Cartel: A Proposal…
Benjamin Lepak
March 25, 2020
Protecting Unlicensed Occupations from Government-Sanctioned Cartels
Mike Davis
March 16, 2020
Private Investigator Licensing in Oklahoma
Spencer Cadavero
February 4, 2020
Fully Loaded: Oklahoma’s Car Dealer Licensing Cartel
Mike Davis
November 22, 2019
New Car Dealer Licensing in Oklahoma
Mike Davis
November 13, 2019