Government occupational licensing is the practice of
government enforcing training, fees, and other requirements individuals must
meet to legally enter and continue practicing select professions. A growing
body of research suggests that licensing imposes substantial costs that
outweigh the purported benefits. This includes costs to aspiring workers and
entrepreneurs themselves, costs to consumers, and costs to society and the
economy at large.
In New Hampshire alone, an estimated 8,032 jobs are lost due to occupational
licensing, to the point that the department of employment securities cited
barriers to entry as one of the driving factors behind unemployment in our
Occupational licensing is a burdensome form of labor regulation, reducing
employment and consumer options when there are far less intrusive ways to
ensure quality and safety in industries and professions.
We should do everything possible to welcome people from out of state who want
to move here, practice their occupation of choice, and contribute to our