Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and Minneapolis | September 13-14, 2018 | Chicago, Illinois

Occupational Licensing Over Time and Across Countries



Requiring government licenses to practice trades and professions is a rising trend in the United States and abroad. This conference will discuss occupational licensing from a global perspective, with attention to current policy, labor market consequences and policy options. Co-sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, St. Francis University; and Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Open to the public. Register for this conference at the Chicago Fed.


Agenda

Thursday, September 13, 2018

8:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 AM
Overview
Morris Kleiner, University of Minnesota and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Daniel Sullivan, Executive Vice President, Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
9:45 AM
Session I: Licensing Over Time
Chair: Laura Bloomberg, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Chair
  • Dick Carpenter, Director of Strategic Research, Institute for Justice
  • Darwyyn Deyo, San Jose State University
  • Beth Redbird, Northwestern University
  • Cory Everett, President, Council on Licensure, Enforcement & Regulation
11:00 AM
Break
11:15 AM
Session II: Occupational Licensing Across Countries
Chair: Mark Wright, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Maria Koumenta, Queen Mary University, London
  • Tingting Zhang, Western New England University
  • Andrea Martens, European Commission
  • Shabbir Merali, Economic Advisor to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, United Kingdom
12:30 PM
Lunch and Keynote Policy Speaker
Alexander Acosta, U.S. Secretary of Labor
2:00 PM
Session III: Policies on Occupational Licensing Over Time and Across Nations
Chair: Brad Hershbein, Economist and Director of Information and Communication Services, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
  • Mischa Fisher, Advisor to the Governor and Chief Economist, State of Illinois
  • Peter Blair, Harvard University
  • Daniel J. Gilman, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission
  • Sara Markowitz, Emory University
  • Albert Downs, National Conference of State Legislatures
3:15 PM
Break
3:30 PM
Session IV: Linking Research to Policy
Chair: Ed Timmons, Director, Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, St. Francis University
  • Derek Neal, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, University of Chicago
  • Kevin Murphy, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
  • Daniel Greenberg, Senior Policy Adviser, U.S Department of Labor
  • Ryan Nunn, Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution
5:00 PM
Keynote Speaker
Erica Groshen, Cornell University, Upjohn Institute and former Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
6:00 PM
Reception and Networking
6:45 PM
Adjourn

Friday, September 14, 2018

8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM
Research on Occupational Regulation
Morris Kleiner, University of Minnesota and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
9:15 AM
A Cost of the U.S. Dental Monopoly: Wasted Investment Resulting from the Monopoly’s Excessive “Scope of Practice.”
James Schmitz, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (with Shi Qi)
10:00 AM
Is Occupational Licensing a Barrier to Interstate Migration?
Janna Johnson, University of Minnesota (with Morris Kleiner)
10:45 AM
Break
11:00 AM
New Work Shift Arrangements and Precautionary Behavior: Theory and Experimental Evidence
Davud Rostam-Afschar, University of California, Berkeley, and Universitaet Hohenheim (with Andreas Orland)
11:45 AM
The Effects of Dental Hygienist Scope of Practice and Autonomy on Access to Dental Care
Jie Chen, Lehigh University (with Chad D. Meyerhoefer and Edward Timmons)
12:30 PM
Lunch and Close