Here is some of what we read and thought about this past week:
- There is an insidious, maladaptive focus on zealous employees during recruitment. (The Atlantic)
- Meet the rural warriors stocking your Amazon cart. (The Verge)
- Why we assign geographical characteristics to vague concepts, especially in the digital “space.” (NY Times)
The Boston Globe recently discussed the well-established trend toward increasingly expensive professional licensure.
The demand for heavily regulated licensing to allow anyone to legally charge for almost any service: haircuts, medicine, legal defense — has the tradeoff of making these services more expensive, and thus unattainable for many. Also, prohibitive barriers to entry, such as education and unpaid work experience, may be hurting the job prospects for otherwise able and willing Americans looking for work.
Hitting the sweet spot of maintaining standards for the public while creating availability of the service is an ongoing battle across most industries, especially since most professional associations set the requirements for industry entrance. In the fall, the US Supreme Court heard a case from North Carolinians who wanted to offer teeth whitening without dental licenses. The FTC decided the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners was guilty of antitrust since the dentists on board had a clear interest in limiting competition.
The SC has yet to decide the case, and ModCon can’t wait to hear the outcome and reasoning, since its result has the potential to affect the entire US labor market.