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Regulatory reform can ease access to jobs

February 11, 2016, Mark Muro and Devashree Saha

The importance of regulatory streamlining to economic inclusion hasn’t always been apparent. Lately, however, its relevance has been coming into greater focus. Last week, a Senate subcommittee held a hearing on occupational licensing laws, which require government-issued licenses to perform certain types of work. (The hearing followed up on a White House report last summer that found that occupational licensing requirements have increased five-fold since the 1950s and can complicate access to even low- and mid-skill professions).

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