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Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2013-30
Mark A. Klee
Component ID: #ti801700041

Abstract

I estimate the eff ect of professional licensing policy on training. The licensing regulations data come from a panel which contains rich variation in professional licensing policy for four diverse occupations. The individual-level data come from two supplements to the Current Population Survey. More stringent licensing regulations are not associated with higher vocational class enrollment, although increased stringency among some regulations is positively related to  whether respondents have acquired training since the current job began. I find limited evidence of a licensing wage premium. This suggests that the cumulative eff ect of these licensing regulations on the supply of practitioners is small.

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