Voluntary is good
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Recently, the state legislature in my home state of North Carolina approved draft legislation that would undo licensing requirements for 15 professions, including locksmithing, pastoral counseling, and acupuncture. At present, practicing in these professions requires licensure by the state, but this bill would dissolve that requirement for these professions.
If this North Carolina law passes, the sky will not fall.
It is tempting to assume that the only way professional certification can be effective is if the state does it and if it is mandatory. Neither assumption is true. Take acupuncture: if North Carolina no longer requires acupuncturists to be licensed, private organizations will step in, and as long as customers find value in seeing certified acupuncturists, at least some acupuncturists will voluntarily pursue private licensure.
Why Should Anyone Have a License for Anything?
First, let’s ask ourselves when certification is and isn’t valuable. Certification reduces what economists call information costs: if I am shopping in a field where choosing a bad provider may be costly, searching for a certified provider may be an easy way to ensure that the provider meets a minimum standard. If I’m looking for an acupuncturist to stick needles into my body, I want someone who is good at their craft. Maybe I can get recommendations from friends or read reviews online, but if I don’t have the time, or if there are no reviews available, knowing that the person is certified can be helpful — assuming that the certification process does a good job at weeding out the incompetent providers.)
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