[Event] Occupational Licensing, Antitrust, and Innovation

Start: Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 12:00 PM ET
End: Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 1:15 PM ET

Crowell & Moring
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Every state has laws or regulations that require individuals seeking to offer a certain service to the public first to obtain approval from the state before they may operate in the state. Recent years have seen a significant proliferation of such laws, with less than 5% of jobs in the American economy requiring a license in the 1950’s to between 25-30% today. Although licensing in some occupations may benefit the public by reducing information asymmetry and/or ensuring a minimum quality level for a particular service, the significant growth in the number of occupations governed by some form of licensing requirements poses a potential threat to competition and consumer welfare. Our panel of experts will discuss these important issues.


Koren Wong-Ervin
Director, Global Antitrust Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School

Lisa Kimmel
Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring, LLP


Hon. Maureen Ohlhausen
Acting Chair, U.S. Federal Trade Commission

James C. Cooper
Associate Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School

Sarah Oxenham Allen
Senior Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia


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