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CPIL's Ed Howard Weighs In on White House Report on Occupational Licensing During KPCC's AirTalk

CPIL's Ed Howard Weighs In on White House Report on Occupational Licensing During KPCC's AirTalk

Pasadena, Calif. (August 3, 2015) – Ed Howard, senior counsel and senior policy analyst for University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), joined KPCC's AirTalk host, Larry Mantle, for a discussion regarding a report that the Department of the Treasury Office of Economic Policy, the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Department of Labor prepared that suggests occupational licensing for some professions may be doing more harm than good.

The report states that with nearly a third of the workforce subject to occupational licensing, regulations could be creating unnecessary costs and the requirements for getting a license often don’t match up with the skills the job requires. In addition, it suggests that certain social and economic groups, such as immigrants, convicted criminals, and military spouses, are hit particularly hard by occupational licensing regulations.

The report also explains that 10 out of the 12 studies the authors reviewed showed that stricter licensing requirements did not lead to better quality service.

During the AirTalk dicussion, Howard, who has years of experience as special counsel and chief policy advisor to a California state senator and as chief consultant of two standing California legislative committees, explained that “once you’ve created a barrier to entry into a profession, by definition, you are restraining consumer choice and driving up prices."

"While those can be bad things for consumers, they’re almost completely good things for the profession that is being regulated.”

He also noted that while there is a lot to commend the white house report on, "one of the things that is of concern to us is that we’re seeing movements toward interstate compacts to try and deal with professions moving around to different states facilitated by the internet.”

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About Ed Howard

A recognized expert in regulatory and administrative law, Ed Howard is the senior counsel and legislative advocate for both the Children’s Advocacy Institute and Center for Public Interest Law at USD School of Law. His expertise in California legislative politics and policy stems from years as special counsel and chief policy advisor to a California state senator and as chief consultant of two standing California legislative committees. During his years as a staffer in the Legislature, he spearheaded the enactment of numerous and nationally trend-setting laws in the areas of privacy, technology, IT procurement, the regulation of licensed professions, health care, and consumer rights.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni and student success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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