Occupational Licensing in Health Care

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Occupational licensing creates a regulatory barrier to entry into licensed occupations, and thus results in higher income for those with permission to work. The empirical literature indicates that licensing generally restricts supply, and raises wages along with prices in health care professions. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that licensing improves the quality of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Health Economics
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780123756787
ISBN (Print)9780123756794
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Occupational licensing
  • Regulation of the health occupations

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