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Session 2: Occupational Licensing

July 8-9, 2019 | Landau Economics Bldg, 579 Serra Mall, Rm 134, Stanford

The goal of this session will be to bring together empiricists and theorists studying occupational licensing. We invite frontier research studying the economics of occupational licensing from any angle. Specific topics likely to be covered include: their effects on the prices and quality of outputs, the reputation of firms, the entry of competitors, the mobility of workers, the opportunities of minorities and the emergence of nascent occupations as well as historical studies of licensing laws, and potential policy alternatives to existing laws. An additional goal of the workshop will be to discuss new data sources and methodologies for studying occupational licensing regulations.

Organizers: David Harrington (Kenyon College), Brad Larsen (Stanford) and Mindy Marks (Northeastern University)

In this Session

Jul 8 | 8:30 am to 9:00 am

Check-in | Breakfast

Jul 8 | 9:00 am to 9:45 am

Occupational Regulation and Immigrant Earnings: Evidence from the EU

Presented by: Maria Koumenta (Queen Mary University)
Co-Author(s): Li Dai ((Queen Mary University)
Jul 8 | 9:45 am to 10:30 am

Job Market Signaling through Occupational Licensing

Presented by: Peter Blair (Harvard University)
Co-Author(s): Bobby Chung (Clemson)
Jul 8 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am


Jul 8 | 11:00 am to 11:45 am

Occupational Licensing and Accountant Quality: Evidence from the 150-Hour Rule

Presented by: John Barrios (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)
Jul 8 | 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Barriers to Opportunity: The Effects of Occupational Licensing on Occupational and Career Mobility

Presented by: Christos Makridis (MIT Sloan)
Co-Author(s): Patrick McLaughlin (George Mason University, Mercatus), Kofi Ampaabeng (George Mason University, Mercatus), Ted Figinsky (U.S. Department of Treasury) and Steve Strosko (George Mason University, Mercatus)
Jul 8 | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm


Jul 8 | 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm

Consumer Protection in an Online World: An Analysis of Occupational Licensing

Presented by: Brad Larsen (Stanford University)
Co-Author(s): Chiara Farronato (Harvard University), Audrey Fradkin (Boston University) and Erik Bryjolfsson (MIT)
Jul 8 | 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm

Occupational Licensing of Uber Drivers

Presented by: Morris Kleiner (University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities)
Co-Author(s): Jason Hicks (University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities), Jonathan Hall (Uber, Inc.) and Rob Solomon (Uber, Inc.)
Jul 8 | 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm


Jul 8 | 3:45 pm to 4:30 pm

Occupational Licensing, Labor Mobility, and the Unfairness of Entry Standards

Presented by: Mario Pagliero (University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto)
Jul 8 | 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm

A Welfare Analysis of Occupational Licensing in U.S. States

Presented by: Evan Soltas (Massachussetts Institute of Technology)
Co-Author(s): Morris Kleiner (University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities)
Jul 8 | 6:00 pm

BBQ Dinner

Jul 9 | 8:30 am to 9:00 am


Jul 9 | 9:00 am to 9:45 am

Nurse Practitioner Scope-of-Practice Regulations, Migration, and Labor Market Outcomes

Presented by: Victoria Udalova (U.S. Census Bureau)
Co-Author(s): Jeffrey Traczynski (University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization)
Jul 9 | 9:45 am to 10:30 am

The Impact of Scope-of-Practice Restrictions on Access to Medical Care

Presented by: Jiapei Guo (Northeastern University)
Co-Author(s): Angela Kilby (Northeastern University) and Mindy Marks (Northeastern University)
Jul 9 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am


Jul 9 | 11:00 am to 11:45 am

The Effects of Dental Hygienist Scope of Practice and Autonomy on Dental Care Utilization

Presented by: Edward Timmons (Saint Francis University)
Co-Author(s): Jie Chen (Lehigh University) and Chad Meyerhoefer (Lehigh University)
Jul 9 | 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Occupational Licensing and Labor Market Fluidity

Presented by: Ming Xu (Queen's University)
Co-Author(s): Morris Kleiner (University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities)
Jul 9 | 12:30 pm