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Occupational licensing – The case for and against

Most people would agree that some kind of regulation is needed to prevent unqualified surgeons from operating or unqualified tradesmen from performing unsafe repairs. However, the introduction of licenses to an increasing number of jobs raises questions about whether the benefits always outweigh the costs. Edward Meehan investigates.

To license or not to license

Licensing advocates will likely tell you that occupational licensing protects public interest. So why have there been recent calls for the abolition of occupational licensing? Jessica Tang explores.