Dan Greenberg Guest-Blogging About Occupational Licensing Rules


I'm delighted to report that Dan Greenberg will be guest-blogging this week about his new article in the John Marshall Law Review, "Regulating Glamour: A Quantitative Analysis of the Health and Safety Training of Appearance Professionals," which explains and demonstrates a new method of measuring the scope of occupational licensing. Greenberg a lawyer and former Arkansas state legislator who then went on to become a federal official—most recently, a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2017-2021, where he focused on occupational licensing and began to do some of the research that culminated in "Regulating Glamour." I much look forward to his posts here!

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  1. In the case of medicine, all medications with a high therapeutic index (low therapeutic dose, high toxic dose) go over the counter.

    1. There are problems with doing that with antibiotics -- big problems.

      1. Our Mexican friends are doing well with such.

        In Costa Rica, the surgeon says, there will be pain after the operation. He gives the family a script for morphine to get from the pharmacy ahead of time, since the impoverished hospital has no supplies. No opiate crisis in Costa Rica.

        1. Sorry, just the request for morphine, no script from the surgeon in Costa Rica.

  2. I can see 10-20 hours of health and safety training needed to do nails, be a barber, or hairdresser.

    But after that, what's the worst that could happen? A bad haircut?

    1. I gave myself good looking haircuts during the lockdown. Friend had to trim a small area in the back of the head. Any training would be to learn worthless, tyrannical, lawyer, garbage regulations.

    2. But after that, what’s the worst that could happen? A bad haircut?

      By asking that question, you're falling into the rent seekers' trap. No, that's not the worst that can happen. That's the worst that's likely to happen. But they can come up with all sorts of other things that "could" happen, and use those incredibly rare scenarios as purported justification for their economic protectionism.

  3. Policy advisor for Mike Huckabee and the Trump administration.


    Very ouch.

    1. If it makes you feel any better, Arthur, there were plenty of times my advice was ignored!

      1. What inclined you to voluntarily become part of the Trump administration.

        Was it that president's integrity? The bigotry that infused his administration? His charm? The belligerent ignorance and disdain of science? His insights? The laughably fake embrace of superstition?

        Thank you.

        1. My motivation was precisely the same as those of countless numbers of people who join presidential administrations every year, Arthur — a chance to make the world a better place, combined with the certainty of a paycheck.

          1. Dan, do yourself a favor and ignore Arthur. He's nothing more than a bigoted troll.

          2. You figured a Trump administration would improve the world?

            There are other -- and better -- ways to make a paycheck, particularly in the context of someone with an advanced (professional) degree. Like many people, I have been invited to work -- and declined to work -- for a number of lousy people.

            You volunteered to work for the Trump administration. That's a stain that will remain (outside the can't-keep-up backwaters).

            1. Arthur, I think the Trump Administration executive order on occupational licensing will definitely improve the world -- so long as the Biden Administration does not overturn it!

              1. 'I worked for the Capone organization -- but I just delivered Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas hams, and periodic envelopes to the orphans, widows, police officers, customs inspectors, judges, and elected officials.'

  4. We have states that do licensing and no, right? So should be easy to compare, and I don't see a lot of horror stories of hairdresser maiming's in, like, Texas.

  5. Let's focus on cosmetologists, not the vastly more damaging impact of attorney licensing.

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