NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

Masks are required as the campus is at red status.

Dry Counties Left Thirsty For Revenue

By Ryan Jackson For most Americans the idea of not being able to go to a store and purchase alcohol seems very foreign.  However, the idea is not foreign to many Arkansas residents as dry counties are very prevalent in the state. Nearly half of Arkansas’ counties are dry, 34 out of 75 counties.  Not […]

Barber Licensing in Arkansas Could Use a Cut

By Tanner Corley We all hate when we get a bad haircut, but should the State of Arkansas be mandating that barbers receive 1,500 hours of training, pass an exam, and pay a fee?  In Arkansas, anyone who would like to cut hair must meet these requirements. In March of 2019, State Sen. John Cooper […]

Undergraduate Research Fellow Presents at Virtual Conference

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Tanner Corley presented his research at the virtual Knee Center Occupational Licensing Conference on May 29.  Corley received feedback from other conference participants and economists from a variety of policy groups including Dr. Morris Kleiner, a nationally recognized expert on occupational licensing, professor, and AFL-CIO Chair in Labor […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Zakree Massey

By Caleb Taylor Does expanding the scope of practice of nurse practitioners improve mental health outcomes in certain populations? ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Zakree Massey and UCA Associate Professor of Economics and ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell answer this question and more in a forthcoming paper entitled “Expanding the Use of Nurse Practitioners and Young […]

How Arkansas Can Address Its Shortage of Primary Health Care

By Caleb Taylor How can Arkansas improve its access to medical care? Let nurse practitioners practice to the full extent of their education and training, according to ACRE Economic Policy Analyst Dr. Maryam Almasifard in an op-ed “Improve access” published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on March 9.  Almasifard says: Residents in rural areas are even […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Tanner Corley

By Caleb Taylor What was the motivation and reasoning behind the original state regulation of barbers in Arkansas? ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Tanner Corley explores this question and more in a paper entitled “For Public Health or Private Gain?” co-authored with ACRE Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Marcus Witcher. This topic is timely considering legislation was proposed, but […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Ryan Jackson

By Caleb Taylor Does the occupational licensing of nursing home administrators affect the quality of care of nursing home residents? A forthcoming paper by ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Ryan Jackson and ACRE Economic Policy Analyst Alex Kanode examines this question. Jackson is a part of ACRE’s Research Fellowship Program. In this program, students work with […]

Sunset Review of Occupational Licenses In Arkansas Continues

By Alex Kanode On January 13th, the ALC Occupational Licensing Review Subcommittee met to discuss their recommendations from the December meeting and bring forward more recommendations.  The subcommittee is tasked by law with determining and implementing the least restrictive form of occupational authorization to protect consumers from significant and substantiated harms to public health and […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Elsa Mattson

By Caleb Taylor Do occupational licensing regulations affect the amount of business establishments within states? The answer is “yes,” according to a forthcoming paper entitled “Occupational Licensing Effects on Business Establishments” co-authored by ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Elsa Mattson. According to the abstract of the paper: This paper investigates the effects of state occupational licensing […]

Legislators Examine Acupuncture, Sprinkler Fitter Licenses

By Alex Kanode Occupational licensing has increased dramatically in the past 70 years. In the 1950s, only 5% of the US workforce had to have a license before they could work, while today 25% have a license. Occupational licensing is when the government sets a list of requirements, such as education, experience and fees, that […]