Would a Minimum Wage Increase Help or Hurt Workers?

By. Dr. David Mitchell and Aaron Newell Would a higher minimum wage be a win for the little guy? Would it help families struggling to earn a living? Would companies let workers go? These are the questions in front of voters in November. A minimum wage is a price floor for low-skilled workers. Businesses must […]

How high should the minimum wage be in Arkansas?

By Caleb Taylor How high is too high? That’s the question UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Jeremy Horpedahl considers in two recent media appearances regarding raising the minimum wage in Arkansas. Arkansans will vote on whether to continue to increase the minimum wage in Arkansas to $11 per hour in 2021. Arkansas […]

How do state licensing rules affect property crime rates?

By Caleb Taylor When occupational licensing laws make it hard for people, especially young people, to get jobs, that may lead to the “motive and opportunity” to commit property crimes. That’s the groundbreaking research result from UCA Associate Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder and UCA graduate student Saliou N. Ouattara in […]

ACRE Director Assists St. Louis Hair Braiders In Licensing Lawsuit

By Caleb Taylor Should you need a license to braid hair? That’s the question two St. Louis businesswomen are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider. UCA Associate Professor of Economics and ACRE Director Mitch Mitchell is a contributor, along with five other public choice scholars, on an amicus brief in the case of Ndioba […]

How Does Occupational Licensing Affect Recidivism?

By Caleb Taylor Licensing requirements may prevent ex-convicts from finding employment after leaving prison — and that may drive them back into crime. That’s what Stephen Slivinski, a senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University, said to UCA students on March 27th. Slivinski is the author […]

More Licensing Doesn’t Always Mean More Safety

By Caleb Taylor Arkansas’ Red Tape Reduction Working Group heard on Monday night that the justification for some worker licenses is faulty. Dr. Derek Slagle, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, gave members of the Working Group a broad overview of the state […]

Working Group “Important First Step” In Reforming Licensing

By Caleb Taylor How should Arkansas decrease barriers to jobs and entrepreneurship?  Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the formation of the Red Tape Reduction Working Group on Feb. 16th to study state occupational requirements. Its next meeting is on Monday, April 23rd. In an op-ed published in Arkansas Business on March 26th, ACRE Director and UCA […]

Taxi Regulations Take Consumers for a Costly Ride

By Caleb Taylor Why do local governments make new taxi companies prove they won’t take profits away from their competition? Does this kind of regulation, requiring what’s called a “Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity” (CPCN) serve the public or just current taxi businesses? That’s what former ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Colton Johnson and UCA […]

Where Does Arkansas Rank In Occupational Licensing?

Dr. Dick Carpenter spoke to UCA students at the College of Business Auditorium in Conway on November 16 about how Arkansas’s occupational licensing laws compared to the rest of the nation. Carpenter is a director of strategic research for the Institute for Justice (IJ), a nonprofit public interest law firm. He is the co-author of […]

Dr. Snyder Discusses Occupational Licensing In Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Op-Ed

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Scholar and UCA Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Thomas Snyder discussed occupational licensing burdens in Arkansas and its surrounding states in an op-ed published on December 28 in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. In his op-ed, Snyder references a study released on November 13 entitled “License to Work: A National Study of Burdens […]