Occupational Licensing: Balancing Public Safety and Work Opportunities

Twenty-five percent of employed adults in the U.S. are in jobs that require a license, up from 5 percent in 1950. With the COVID-19 crisis affecting the economy and employment, reducing barriers to work has become increasingly important, and changes to occupational licensing could pave the way for getting people back to work. In this Long Story Short, AIR's Christina Curnow discusses what AIR has learned about occupational licensing through research and a data-driven approach.

 

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Managing Director, Human Capital Solutions