Stages of Occupational Regulation: Analysis of Case Studies
October 28, 2013
Occupational regulation in the U.S. labor market is a growing phenomenon. As of 2008, nearly 40 percent of individuals in jobs had either a license or certification from some form of local, state, or federal government. Following up on the success of his previous volume, Licensing Occupations: Ensuring Quality or Restricting Competition? (W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2006), Morris M. Kleiner brings us a book that expands our knowledge of occupational regulation by showing how varying stages of regulation impact those in the occupations, closely related occupational practitioners, and, ultimately, consumers through the quality and cost of services provided. Here Kleiner examines seven occupations at various stages of government regulation. From the least regulated to the most regulated, they are: interior designers, mortgage brokers, preschool teachers, construction tradesmen—specifically plumbers and electricians—dental hygienists, and dentists… The book also presents new analysis on a long-standing debate in law and economics—i.e., whether litigation or regulation is better for society… Furthermore, Kleiner examines how regulations may influence the number of workplace injuries and deaths incurred by plumbers and electricians in the construction industry—the most hazardous industry, as determined by the total number of workplace accidents in the United States… [T]his is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the workings of the U.S. labor market or of labor markets in other more-developed economies.
Stages of Occupational Regulation: Analysis of Case Studies, by Morris M. Kleiner. Kalamazoo, Michigan : W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2013. 291 p. ISBN 9780880994606 (hardcover)
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