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Occupational Licensing and Entrepreneurship

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

Guest Editor:
Professor Edward Timmons, Saint Francis University

This Special Issue Call for Papers seeks to contribute to the study of entrepreneurship with a specific focus on how occupational licensing may be influencing firm and individual entrepreneur behavior. Occupational licensing has become the most important labor market institution in the United States and has been subject to increased scrutiny worldwide.

The existing literature provides evidence of occupational licensing serving as a barrier to entry that increases wages, increases prices, and potentially restricts worker mobility. It is less understood how this labor market institution affects entrepreneurship.
Many workers seeking occupational licenses may ultimately aspire to be business owners. Providing linkages between occupational licensing and entrepreneurship should be of significant value and interest to the public policy community.

Research Questions may include but are not limited to:

  • Does occupational licensing affect firm size?
  • Is there evidence of entrepreneurs "voting with their feet" to avoid excessive occupational licensing?
  • Are there regional and state differences in business formation that can be attributed to occupational licensing?
  • Does occupational licensing correlate with other measures of economic freedom that are known to influence entrepreneurship?
  • Do entrepreneurs fail to respond to market incentives in the face of overly burdensome regulations?

Submission Guidelines:
All submissions are subject to the standard double-blind review process. Manuscripts must be original, unpublished works not concurrently under review for publication at another outlet and are expected to follow the standard formatting guidelines for the journal. Submissions must be made online at: Submissions should be prepared according to the Manuscript Guidelines found at

Submission Deadline:
August 1, 2019

Guest Editorial Team:
Professor Edward Timmons is Professor of Economics at Saint Francis University and Director of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Badger Institute.