The effectiveness of licensing

  title={The effectiveness of licensing},
  author={Daniel B. Hogan},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
  • D. B. Hogan
  • Published 1 September 1983
  • Economics
  • Law and Human Behavior
Suggesting that licensing may not only fail to accomplish its intended purpose, but may be counterproductive, the author asserts that licensing may not improve the quality of professional services, that licensing boards fail to discipline unethical or incompetent practitioners, and that actions taken against the unlicensed are more often aimed at eliminating competition, not incompetence. In addition, licensing laws may have negative side effects, including an increase in the cost of… 

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