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Occupational Licensing Over Time and Across Countries

The analysis and policy implications of occupational licensing have grown considerably with the growth of the institution worldwide. This form of regulation has become still more pervasive in western industrialized nations with the growth of governmental licensing of occupations and its potential influence on the labor market and for consumers. Across the world governments and non-profit organizations have precluded individuals from working in an occupation for pay for quality, health and safety, consumer protection, and the disproportionate harm unscrupulous or incompetent practitioners may have on society. The benefits of the regulations to licensed workers may include incentives to take on additional training with more secure returns. The further benefits of occupational regulations to practitioners may be higher wages that are reallocated from consumers, and likely results in lost output. These concerns have made occupational regulation one of the major policy issues in the U.S., the E.U. and the OECD.

Thursday, 09/13/18
8:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast 
9:30 AM
Morris Kleiner, University of Minnesota and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Daniel Sullivan, Executive Vice President, Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
9:45 AM
Session I: Licensing Over Time
Laura Bloomberg, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Dick Carpenter, Director of Strategic Research, Institute for Justice
Darwyyn Deyo, Assistant Professor, San Jose State University
Beth Redbird, Assistant Professor , Northwestern University
Cory Everett, President, Council on Licensure, Enforcement & Regulation
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
Session II: Occupational Licensing Across Countries
Mark Wright, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Maria Koumenta, Queen Mary University, London
Tingting Zhang, Western New England University
Andrea Martens, European Commission
Shabbir Merali, Economic Advisor to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, United Kingdom
12:30 PM
Lunch and Keynote Policy Speaker
Alexander Acosta, Secretary, United States Department of Labor 
2:00 PM
Session III: Policies on Occupational Licensing Over Time and Across Nations
Brad Hershbein, Economist and Director of Information and Communication Services, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Mischa Fisher, Advisor to the Governor and Chief Economist, State of Illinois
Peter Blair, Assistant Professor, Harvard University
Daniel J. Gilman, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission
Sara Markowitz, Professor, Emory University
Albert Downs, National Conference of State Legislatures
3:15 PM
3:30 PM
Session IV: Linking Research to Policy
Ed Timmons, Director, Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, St. Francis University
Derek Neal, Professor, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, University of Chicago
Kevin Murphy, Professor, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Daniel Greenberg, Senior Policy Adviser, United Sates Department of Labor
Ryan Nunn, Policy Director, Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution
5:00 PM
Session Title TBD
Erica  Groshen, Cornell University
6:00 PM
Reception and Networking
6:45 PM
Friday, 09/14/18
8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM
Research on Occupational Regulation
Morris Kleiner, Professor of Public Affairs, Humphrey School, University of Minnesota
9:15 AM
A Cost of the U.S. Dental Monopoly: Wasted Investment Resulting from the Monopoly's Excessive "Scope of Practice"
James Schmitz, Senior Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
10:00 AM
Is Occupational Licensing a Barrier to Interstate Migration?
Janna Johnson, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
New Work Shift Arrangements and Precautionary Behavior: Theory and Experimental Evidence
Davud Rostam-Afschar, University of California, Berkeley, and Universitaet Hohenheim
11:45 AM
The Effects of Dental Hygienist Scope of Practice and Autonomy on Access to Dental Care
Jie Chen, Lehigh University
12:30 PM
Lunch and Close
Event Information
Event Contact
Sandy Schneider

09/13/18  - 09/14/18
Registration Deadline
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Third Floor Conference Center
230 S LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60604

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