License to Work study - new edition released


The Institute for Justice released the third edition of a study, License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing. The new edition provides an updated snapshot of licensing’s breadth and burdens for 102 lower-income occupations across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and, in a first for this edition, Puerto Rico. It also presents an overview of major changes in licensing requirements for the 102 occupations they have tracked since the 2017 edition, as well as for a subset of occupations consistently observed since the 2012 edition.

Click here to read the study and download the comparison dataset, which is a unique resource for anyone interested in how the licensing landscape has changed over the past 10 years. The “Compare States” feature shows how each state’s licensing requirements stack up against others.