Arkansans’ Occupational Licensing Burdens May Lighten

By Caleb Taylor Arkansas’s lower income workers face some of the heaviest licensing burdens in the country. That hurts job seekers, entrepreneurs, and consumers. These regulations also disproportionately harm military spouses, ex-offenders, minorities and immigrants. But new legislation could lead to better rules and more opportunities for Arkansans.   House Bill 1527, or the Red […]

Updated regulations could mean a fresh chance for Arkansans to thrive

By Alex Kanode The Arkansas Department of Corrections reports that there are almost 18,000 prisoners in the state. For a state of our size, this is a huge number. One reason is that released prisoners are more likely to reoffend here than in other states. This is known as our “recidivism rate”. One cause of […]

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 […]

Occupational Licensing in Arkansas

By Alexandria Tatem A recent policy brief by the Mercatus Center highlighted Arkansas’s excessive occupational licensing policy. When the state government imposes licensing requirements on an occupation, it means a worker must get permission from the state before practicing that profession. The worker typically has to have a minimum level of education and experience, pass exams, […]