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Timothy Sandefur on the Right to Earn a Living

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Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh interviewed Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Timothy Sandefur about "Occupational Licensing Versus the Right to Earn a Living" in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio. 

Many states require licenses to practice certain professions – from medicine to styling hair. What are the practical effects of such licensing requirements? Do they protect the public from quacks, as their defenders claim? Or do they violate a person's right to earn a living, discourage entrepreneurs, promote poverty? How have the courts ruled on cases challenging licensing requirements? 

Timothy Sandefur is a Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation. He blogs at Freespace

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