In his third Upjohn Press book on occupational licensing, Morris M. Kleiner examines why the institution of occupational licensing has had such a curious evolution and influence in the United States, the European Union, and China. He also discusses the many similarities it has to guilds.
"No one has done more to put the issue of occupational licensing firmly on the policy agenda than Morris Kleiner. This careful book brings together his path-breaking scholarship on the issue, effortlessly combining economics, history, law, statistical analysis, and a keen understanding of the politics involved. Kleiner is the world's leading scholar of occupational licensing, and this book should stand as a reference for decades to come." –Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan
"This book is a must-read, not only for labor economists and legal academics, but anyone interested in the policy implications of the most powerful labor institution in the United States since unions in their heyday." –Journal of Economic Literature
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