WANT MORE JOBS? FIGHT OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING!(INFOGRAPHIC) (Brief article)

Author:Boehm, Eric
 
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GETTING A COSMETOLOGY license in Oregon requires 2,300 hours of classroom instruction, but getting a similar permit in New York requires a mere 1,000 hours of training. Are makeup artists in the Empire State putting the safety and welfare of their customers at risk, or would hairstylists in Portland probably be just fine if they could get certified without spending so much time and money on schooling?

A new report from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, a Madison-based free market think tank, says it's the latter--and that many states could gain a lot from loosening licensing laws so they match the less restrictive rules in other places. Researchers looked at 10 low- and...

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