NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Yoon Sun Hur

Dept. of Applied Econ., Univ. of Minnesota
316A Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

E-Mail: yshur@kiep.go.kr

NBER Working Papers and Publications

March 2017The Influence of Licensing Engineers on their Labor Market
with Morris M. Kleiner, Yingchun Wang
in U.S. Engineering in a Global Economy, Richard B. Freeman and Hal Salzman, editors
Our paper presents an analysis of the role of occupational licensing requirements on the labor market for civil, electrical, and industrial engineers. These groups of engineers represent the largest number of engineers that are covered by occupational licensing statutes in the United States. We initially trace the historical evolution of licensing for engineers. Second, we present a theoretical rationale for the role of government in the labor market for the occupation. In the model, the government’s ability to control supply through licensing restrictions and the pass rate could limit the number of engineers, which may drive up wages. We then estimate a panel data model for the engineers in our sample using the American Community Survey and regulatory statutes. Our estimates show a small ...
 
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