Regulations are not always good

Regulations are not always good. For example:

In Alabama it is illegal to recommend shades of paint without a license.  In Nevada it is illegal to move any large piece of furniture for purposes of design without a license.  In fact, hundreds of people have been prosecuted in Alabama and Nevada for practicing “interior design” without a license.  Getting a license is no easy task, typically requiring at least 4 years of education and 2 years of apprenticeship. Why do we need licenses laws for interior designers?  According to the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) because,

Every decision an interior designer makes in one way or another affects the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

This hardly passes the laugh test.

Many regulations exist because they were lobbied for by incumbents who don’t want competition. This is a form of rent-seeking, and in the interests of economic efficiency should be stopped.

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2 Responses to Regulations are not always good

  1. George Carty says:

    On a similar basis, do you think some anti-nuclear protest groups may be funded by the fossil fuel industry in order to kill off the competition?

  2. cabalamat says:

    I’ve not heard of such a thing happening. Which doesn’t of course mean it isn’t happening.

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